DOI Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced in May 2013 the establishment of a federal advisory committee who will provide guidance about the Interior Department’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will advise the Secretary of the Interior about the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs), which are managed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Twenty-five committee members were selected from more than 100 nominations received by the Interior Department. Members represent Interior and other federal agencies; tribal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; academic institutions; and the private sector. Matthew Larsen, USGS associate director for climate and land-use change, and David Behar, climate program director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will co-chair the committee. Members were appointed to two- or three-year terms. The first meeting of the committee was held on September 18-19, 2013 at the Hall of the States Building in Washington, DC. 

Duties of the committee include:

(A) Advising on the contents of a national strategy identifying key science priorities to advance the management of natural resources in the face of climate change;

(B) Advising on the nature, extent, and quality of relations with and engagement of key partners at the regional/CSC level;

(C) Advising on the nature and effectiveness of mechanisms to ensure the identification of key priorities from management partners and to effectively deliver scientific results in useful forms;

(D) Advising on mechanisms that may be employed by the NCCWSC to ensure high standards of scientific quality and integrity in its products, and to review and evaluate the performance of individual CSCs, in advance of opportunities to re-establish expiring agreements; and

(E) Coordinating as appropriate with any Federal Advisory Committee established for the DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.


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Publication Date: May 8, 2013

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