In the post-Christmas doldrums, the Department of Commerce issued this Federal Register notice announcing the formation of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 representatives of federal agencies involved in climate change research, and 35 experts, educators and scientists appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The first meeting is scheduled for February 4, from 9-6 in Washington, D.C.
While where I used to blog tackled a lot of climate change issues, it wasn’t my thing. So I could very well be missing some critical information here. However, the mechanics behind the committee leave me a bit perplexed. Presumably the Secretary of Commerce determined it would be useful as part of the latest strategic planning (currently the first item) for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). However, that program is handled through an interagency coordination office housed in the Executive Office of the President. The National Climate Assessment is part of the USGCRP.
Perhaps things will be clearer, once the committee charter is released. That is supposed to take place sometime next week. I’ll link to it once I run across it.