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Briefing Date:03/19/2009
Topic:Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change
Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, March 19, 2009
253 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.

on

Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

by

Robert W. Corell, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Washington, D.C. and Chair, Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate develops a strategic approach for federal government efforts to help decision makers affected by climate change get useful information to inform those decisions. The study identifies six principles of effective decision support that emphasize users’ needs, processes that link information producers and users, and a commitment to learning from experience. It advises federal agencies to apply the principles in serving their climate-affected constituencies. The study recommends a national initiative for climate-related decision support that includes a service element to support and catalyze processes to inform climate-related decisions and a research element to develop the science of climate response to inform climate-related decisions and to promote systematic improvement of decision support processes in all segments of U.S. society and around the world. It suggests ways to address the challenges of organizing federal efforts that must involve a growing collection of agencies, link service and research, and provide assistance to a variety of dispersed constituencies below the federal level

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 12, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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