The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting nominations for membership on the proposed Adaptation for Climate Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Advisory Committee (ACSERAC). The Advisory Committee is a direct result of goal number four of the five goals set forth by the Climate Change Science Program, which states directs the CCSP to "understand the sensitivity and adaptability of different natural and managed ecosystems and human systems to climate and related global changes."

The strategic plan for the Climate Change Science Program is a response to the President's direction that climate change research activities provide the best possible scientific information to foster public discussion and as well as informed decision making on climate-related issues.

The purpose of this proposed Committee is to provide advice on the conduct of a study titled, "Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources,'' to be conducted as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). The proposed ACSERAC will advise on the specific issues that should be addressed in the assessment, appropriate technical approaches, the type and usefulness of information to decision makers, the content of the final assessment report, compliance with the Information Quality Act, and other matters important to the successful achievement of the objectives of the study. EPA has determined that this proposed federal advisory committee is in the public interest and will assist the Agency in performing its duties under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and the Global Climate Protection Act. The draft prospectus for the study is on the CCSP Website.

Proposed committee membership will comprise total approximately ten (10) persons, who will serve as Special Government Employees or Regular Government Employees. The membership of the proposed committee will include a balanced representation of interested persons with professional and personal qualifications and experience to contribute to the functions of the proposed committee. In selecting members EPA will consider individuals from the Federal Government, State and/or local governments, Tribes, the scientific community, non-governmental organizations and the private sector with expertise, experience, knowledge and interests essential to, or affected by, the successful completion of the study. Any interested person or organization may submit a nomination. Nominations should be identified by name, occupation, organization, position, address, and telephone number, and must include a complete resume of the nominee's background, experience and expertise, and any other information considered relevant.


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