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April 28, 2005

U.S. Climate Change Science Program Workshop: Climate Science in Support of Decisionmaking


U.S. Climate Change Science Program Workshop: Climate Science in Support of Decisionmaking

November 14-16, 2005

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Sponsored by the 13 agencies comprising the U.S. Climate Change Science Program


Visit the 2005 CCSP Workshop web site for an HTML version of this
announcement and a full color flyer in PDF:


Plain text of the announcement follows.
Apologies for multiple postings.


The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is holding a workshop on November 14-16, 2005, in the Washington, DC, area-addressing the
capability of climate science to inform decisionmaking. The workshop will serve as a forum to address the Program's progress and future plans regarding its three decision support goals:

1) Prepare scientific syntheses and assessments on key climate science issues.

2) Develop and illustrate adaptive management and planning capabilities.

3) Develop and evaluate methods to support climate change policymaking.

The workshop will include discussion of decisionmaker needs for scientific information on climate variability and change, as well as expected outcomes of CCSP's research and assessment activities that are necessary for sound resource management, adaptive planning, and policy formulation.


Members of the research community interested in exchanging ideas on climate research, observations, and information tools that would be most useful for climate-related planning and decisionmaking.

Decisionmakers, including resource managers and policy developers, interested in exchanging ideas with the climate science community on the types of information most useful for their decisionmaking needs.

Representatives of international organizations and countries interested in sharing experiences or learning from U.S. activities related to the application of climate information.

Individuals who wish to provide input to the evolution of the Program's activities over time.


The Climate Change Science Program-sponsored by 13 participating
departments and agencies of the U.S. Government- coordinates and
integrates scientific research on changes in climate and related systems.
The CCSP Strategic Plan emphasizes the application of knowledge from CCSP to develop, improve, and disseminate products for use in decisionmaking related to climate variability and change. Many CCSP programs and activities address these needs-for example, the use of observations and seasonal-to-interannual climate forecasts in the management of natural resources, or application of scientific knowledge in integrated assessments of global change. The CCSP Strategic Plan calls for the development of 21 Synthesis and Assessment (S&A) products that provide current evaluations of climate science issues, complementing other international assessments such as those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). To maximize the effectiveness of all CCSP products, it is vital that these products account for the science information needs of their users. The workshop will be an opportunity for scientists and user communities to discuss future application and development of climate
science, recognizing the multiple ways in which climate information will be utilized to address societal and scientific challenges. A description and status of the CCSP S&A products can be found at


The workshop will include both plenary and breakout sessions. The plenary sessions will include presentations by leading figures from the international scientific community and the government, NGO, and private sectors. The breakout sessions will foster interactions among those involved in producing CCSP decision support resources, and representatives of the scientific, resource management, policy development, and other stakeholder communities. The sessions will address topics of significant general interest (e.g., water resources) and will be designed to focus on the following issues:

Information needs of decisionmakers and other stakeholders
Advances in climate change science, observations, and related data management systems
Applications and uses of the scientific information, including the relationship of scientific uncertainties to decision support
Suggested priorities for future research in view of information needs and science potential, and the prospects for reducing uncertainties.


Abstracts for contributed presentations at the workshop that focus on
development of scientific resources for decisionmaking are encouraged. Instructions on how to submit abstracts will be
posted by 1 June 2005 at


U.S. Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of the Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Agency for International Development


Participation will be limited to the first 800 registrants. Webcast of the proceedings may be arranged if demand exceeds this limit. Early registration is strongly encouraged. The registration cost per person is:

By 9/30 After 9/30
General Registration $150 $200
NGOs, Self-Employed, Retired $75 $100
Student (with valid student ID) $0 $25

Links to an on-line registration system (as well as hardcopy form) and hotel and other logistical information are available at


James R. Mahoney, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and
Director, Climate Change Science Program

Posted by ldilling at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2005


Over at Prometheus I have a discussion of a GAO report on the CCSP released last week. The GAO finds that the CCSP gives short shrift to impacts of climate change and thus has limited its potential utility to policy makers. In my post I document that this trend goes back a ways. have a look.

Posted by ldilling at 04:23 PM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2005

HDGEC Vacancy Announcement -- IHDP

Vacancy Announcement

International Human Dimensions Programme On Global Environmental Change

Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme

The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) invite applications for the position of Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). The IHDP is an international, interdisciplinary and non-governmental science organisation, focussing on social and human dimensions of environmental change.

The IHDP is dedicated to promoting, catalysing and coordinating research, capacity-building, and networking on the human dimensions of global environmental change. The IHDP, from a social science perspective, examines areas of concern for societies on global change and works at the interface between science and practice. For detailed information on the programme please visit the webpage www.ihdp.org

The Executive Director, in co-operation with the Scientific Committee and the Chairperson, facilitates the expeditious development, implementation and evaluation of the IHDP Programme. In particular, the Executive Director will:

* facilitate the development, implementation and co-ordination of IHDP Science Projects and Joint Projects with the partner programmes;
* provide overall management of the IHDP Secretariat (about 10 persons).
* promote the establishment and/or strengthening of national and regional human dimensions committees and research programmes;
* ensure effective representation and links between IHDP and other relevant research programmes, especially IGBP, WCRP, DIVERSITAS, the ESSP, the sponsoring organisations (ICSU and ISSC), relevant entities of the United Nations system, as well as the international policy community and funding agencies;
* support the development and implementation of an information strategy which promotes networking within the human dimensions research community and wider practice community;

The successful candidate will have an international research reputation in a relevant social science discipline and

* have experience and knowledge about the socio-economic, cultural, behavioural and institutional dimensions of the global environmental change research effort;
* have excellent skills in staff development, office
management and financial management skills;
* be aware of germane research in the natural sciences,
engineering and applied sciences;
* have experience of international scientific collaboration including, if possible, experience with both governmental and non-governmental organisations;
* be prepared to conduct extensive worldwide travel;
* excellent command of written and spoken English; knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

The Executive Director, will be appointed by ICSU and ISSC for an interim period of 12 months, potentially renewable, thereafter. The successful candidate will be employed in Bonn, Germany, where the IHDP Secretariat is located. An appointment under the terms of a secondment would also be possible. The position will be filled by 15 September 2005 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is negotiable and will take due account of the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Letters of application with a curriculum vitae and the names of three
referees should be received no later than 15 June 2005 by the IHDP Secretariat, Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Fax +49 228 73 9054, e-mail: middel.ihdp@uni-bonn.de. Interviews for the post will be scheduled in July 2005. Further information on the IHDP and its Secretariat Dr.Barbara Goebel: Tel: +49-228-73-9051, Fax: +49-228-73-9054; e~mail:goebel.ihdp@uni-bonn.de; www.ihdp.org

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