The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) requests nominations for lead authors of a technical report for the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA4). A regional technical input is essential for new scientific research on climate change to be recognized on the national scale and considered in U.S. policymaking.
Mandated under the U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990, the National Climate Assessment links scientific advancement with the needs of decision-makers responding to climate change. The quadrennial assessment informs the Nation about observed changes, the current status of the climate, and anticipated trends for the future. The Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment is now underway. Technical inputs from U.S. regions will serve as part of the foundation for NCA4.
On August 31, The United States Global Change Research Program released a call for authors and technical inputs for the next National Climate Assessment. All technical inputs are due on January 15, 2017. Thus, the process to develop a Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands technical report, including author meetings and drafting, will be concentrated in the 4th quarter of 2016. The technical input will also serve as the basis for a second regional assessment report for Hawai‘i and the USAPI, to be released by PIRCA in 2017.
PIRCA formed in 2011-2012 to provide a regional input to the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment. More than 100 scientific experts and practitioners contributed to the first PIRCA report, published in 2012. It is the most comprehensive summary of climate change trends, impacts, and future projections for Hawai‘i and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands region to date. PIRCA now seeks to provide a concise update to the 2012 PIRCA report.
PIRCA seeks lead authors with subject matter expertise in climate change-related fields including but not limited to:
- Freshwater Resources
- Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity
- Oceans and Marine Resources
- Coastal Effects
- Agriculture and Food Production
- Land Cover and Land Use Change
- Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities
- Human Health
- Tribal and Indigenous Communities
- International Effects of Climate Change
Fill out this form to nominate yourself or a colleague. Indicate the individual’s name, affiliation, and area of expertise. You may include a short statement of their experience relevant to authoring a technical input for the U.S. National Climate Assessment (optional). Nominations must be received no later than October 15, 2016