Woods Hole Scientist Contributes to Report on Climate Change

Tim Dunn – A non-federal network that will leverage science to manage climate change risks in the U.S. is being recommended by scientists.

A group of 36 climate researchers released a report on Thursday, along with state, local and tribal officials, and experts including Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

An early online version of the report, “Evaluating Knowledge to Support Climate Action,” is published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The report’s key recommendations are to establish a non-federal network to assess how to apply science in making and implementing decisions; focus these assessments on the common problems and challenges that climate risk managers face; and use new methods such as artificial intelligence to support climate risk management.

“This network will build off the U.S. National Climate Assessments to help communities establish pragmatic, science-based actions and pathways to manage the climate risks that are specific to their region,” said Melillo.

To provide interim leadership for this national network, the group also announced today the establishment of the Science for Climate Action Network (SCAN), which will coordinate preparation of a next-generation of climate assessments and serve as a backbone organization for groups that already are beginning to incorporate climate science in their work.

In 2016, a Federal Advisory Committee was convened to recommend how to increase the application of the National Climate Assessments to inform action. This committee was disbanded by the Trump Administration in 2017, but members and additional experts reconvened as the Independent Advisory Committee to complete the present report.

Well done scientists. Pragmatic, science-based actions specific to region sounds logical. Also sounds like it’s up to communities to execute this culture change rather than wait for it on the Federal level. What do you think? Do you do anything currently to help the environment or are there behaviors you could change?