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Sunday, January 20, 2013

USGCRP Strategic Plan (2012-2021)

The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released its strategic plan for the next ten years. Compared with the prior strategic plan (updated in 2008), the latest edition clearly represents an attempt to refocus the USGCRP and its goals. Whereas previously, USGCRP narrowly framed its mission around climate science and uncertainty reduction, the 2012 strategic plan has science as just one of four goals, with the others focusing on decision support, conducting sustained assessments, and communication and outreach. This is consistent with a decade of feedback from organizations such as the National Research Council. It will be interesting to see how the individual agencies of which USGCRP is comprised will attempt to realign their research priorities to match the rhetoric of the strategic plan.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Another Year for the Record Books

From NOAA:

2012 was warmest year on record for the United States
2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average, according to an analysis released today by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.

2012 global temperatures were 10th highest on record
According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged annual combined land and ocean surface temperature in 2012 was 1.03°F (0.57°C) above the 20th-century average of 57.0°F (13.9°C). The annual report also found that all 12 years of the 21st century (2001-2012) rank among the 14 warmest in the 133-year period of record.

Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) has launched a new information portal. The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) aims to support climate change adaptation in Africa by providing the following services:

  • Aggregating knowledge in addressing pertinent climatic risks, shared across region and across countries in addressing short, medium and long term adaptation needs.
  • Harnessing knowledge for strategic planning processes including knowledge generated as pilots and also knowledge managed by other platforms.
  •  Providing tailored support in knowledge needs structured and packaged in a useable format to serve strategic planning processes.
  • Harnessing knowledge platforms in powering strategic planning of regional frameworks like AMCEN. Building an alliance and coordination of knowledge platforms in the continent with the common purpose of supporting climate change response.