National Climate Assessment Media Event

05/06/2014 - 2:30pm


WHAT: The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a periodic federal analysis of the impacts of climate change on various sectors and regions across the United States and reports on responses to the challenges of climate change, including mitigation and adaptation. The assessment is expected to be released by the White House on Tuesday, May 6. 

WHY: Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego participated in the assessment of climate change specific to the Southwest and how climate is changing and is projected to change in the U.S. Authors from Scripps, NOAA, and other institutions will be available to discuss what changes could be in store for San Diego and the rest of Southern California and what officials can do to prepare. Potential topics range from future water supply to extreme weather and effects on public health.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014

RSVP is requested: 858-534-3624 or

WHERE:  Scripps Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA  92037 (map)


  • Margaret Leinen, director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
  • Skyli McAfee, executive director, California Ocean Science Trust, Oakland, Calif.

Following brief remarks by the speakers listed above, the following contributors to the National Climate Assessment will be available for one-on-one interviews to discuss specific aspects of the assessment:

  • Dan Cayan, climate researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, on overall climate impacts in the Southwest
  • Margaret Davidson, acting director, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management on coastal zone development and ecosystems
  • Alexander Gershunov, climate researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, on projections of extreme weather, including heat waves
  • Lynn Russell, professor of climate sciences, Scripps Institution of   Oceanography at UC San Diego, on aerosol-cloud interactions in climate change and mitigation strategies
  • Eileen Shea, NOAA Pacific Islands regional coordinator, on climate  change issues related to Hawaii and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands

Authors available by telephone on May 6:

  • Hilda Blanco, research professor and interim director, Center for Sustainable Cities, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, on climate change threats to cities and infrastructure, special issues of concern for the Southwest, (206) 650-7659
  • Michael Dettinger, climate researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and U.S. Geological Survey on climate change impacts on water resources chapter of NCA, (619) 368-2896
  • Susanne Moser, director and principal researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting and Social Science Research Fellow at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment; member of the federal advisory committee (NCADAC) to the NCA and its executive secretariat, Convening Lead Author of the NCA Coastal Chapter, and co-chair of the NCADAC Engagement and Communication Working Group, (831) 234-8219
  • Josh Willis, NASA climate scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on sea-level rise impacts and preparation of the NCA, (310) 237-3100      


The assessment is conducted under the auspices of the US Global Change Program in response to requirements of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The USGCP coordinates and integrates federal research on global change by 13 federal agencies and departments. Its goal is to enhance the ability of the United States to anticipate, mitigate, and adapt to changes in the global environment.

The Third National Climate Assessment was overseen by a 60-member federal advisory committee and drew on the participation of 300 authors from public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors. The 1,300 page assessment will be available online at; the website also includes links to underlying data and supporting materials.

The NCA considers climate change effects in 10 defined regions of the United States. Researchers from Scripps and several other institutions released a regionally specific report “Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States” in May 2013 that is included in the NCA.

The federal advisory committee is expected to approve the NCA at 5 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 6.


For more information on this event, contact: 
Robert Monroe
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8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037, US