AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) United
States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).
ACTION: Request for public nominations.
Context: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is
mandated under the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to conduct
a quadrennial National Climate Assessment (NCA). Under its current
decadal strategic plan (http://go.usa.gov/3qGU4) USGCRP is building
sustained assessment capacity. The sustained assessment supports the
Nation's ability to understand, anticipates, and responds to risks and potential impacts brought about by global environmental change, namely
the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that is
causing climate change.
The last NCA from 2014 (NCA3: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov) and
the process to develop it provided a foundation for subsequent
activities and reports.
Comments have been received through a request for information on
the draft, annotated outline for the Fourth National Climate Assessment
(NCA4) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/05/2016-15807/public-comment-on-an-annotated-outline-for-the-fourth-national-climate-assessment. Informed by these comments, a revised outline, including a
chapter list, is provided below and available online https://www.globalchange.gov/notices. Sectoral and response chapters will be
coordinated and led by federal agencies. Regional chapters will be
coordinated and led by non-federal regional chapter leads, who in turn
will collaborate with federal coordinating lead authors.
For each regional chapter, a non-federal regional chapter lead must
be nominated through this call for nominations and then selected by the
Federal NCA4 Steering Committee. This non-federal regional chapter lead
will then, with input and guidance from the Federal NCA4 Steering
Committee, select federal and non-federal chapter authors and technical
contributors to establish regional author teams. A federal coordinating
lead author will also work with each regional chapter lead as a liaison
between the regional chapter lead and federal agencies. Federal
coordinating lead authors will provide technical editorial oversight of
The regions that NCA4 will cover are the Northeast, Southeast and
the Caribbean, Midwest, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Southwest,
Northwest, Alaska, and Hawai'i and Pacific Islands. See below in the
appendix for the sectors, responses, and cross-cutting topics that will
In addition, this request presents an opportunity to submit
scientific/technical information to inform the assessment. These
technical inputs on sectoral, regional, and response information and
cross-cutting topics will serve as part of the foundation for NCA4.
SUMMARY: NOAA, on behalf of USGCRP, is soliciting nominations for
regional chapter leads, chapter authors, technical contributors and
technical/scientific information for the Fourth National Climate
Assessment (NCA4). Refer to the NCA4 Annotated Outline (accessible
below in the Appendix and via www.globalchange.gov/notices) for further
information on the scope, topics, and overarching themes for the
report, as well as roles and responsibilities for nominated leads,
authors, and contributors.
The report will adhere to the Information Quality Act requirements
quality, transparency, and accessibility as appropriate for a Highly
Influential Scientific Assessment (HISA).
DATES: Nominations should be submitted via the web address specified
below (See ADDRESSES) and must be received within 30 days of
publication of this Notice.
ADDRESSES: Nominations for regional chapter leads, chapter authors, and
technical contributors must be submitted electronically via a web form
accessible via https://www.globalchange.gov/notices. Nominees will
identify their areas of expertise based on NCA4's sectoral and response
topics. A short CV/resume of no more than 4 pages must be included.
Technical inputs should also be submitted electronically via web form
accessible from https://www.globalchange.gov/notices.
Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Responses to
this notice may be used by the government for program planning on a
non-attribution basis. NOAA therefore requests that no business
proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in
response to this notice. Please note that the U.S. Government will not
pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information
contained in the response.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Therese Cloyd, (202) 223-6262,
firstname.lastname@example.org, U.S. Global Change Research Program.