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Webinar: 4th National Climate Assessment: Oceans and Marine Resources Chapter, Public Feedback

Andy Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute & Fred Lipschultz, US Global Change Research Program

Join us for a webinar on Monday, March 20th to provide feedback on the 4th National Climate Assessment!
Time: 3:00pm EST (12:00pm PST)
Presented by: Andy Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Chapter Lead Autho
Fred Lipschultz, US Global Change Research Program, USGCRP Chapter Contact
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7271981171002454017

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is produced every four years by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The NCA aims to integrate new information on climate science into the context of larger social, ecological, and policy systems. It will provide an updated report of climate change impacts and vulnerability, evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation activities, and identify knowledge gaps. Oceans and Marine Resources has been identified as one of the national-level overview chapters to be included in the 2018 national report.  The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present the tentative key findings/outline, and seek public feedback.  During this webinar, the audience can provide feedback on the major issues facing the oceans and the effects these will have on the United States.

If you cannot attend the webinar but would still like to submit suggestions for the NCA4: Oceans Chapter, please submit comments here: 

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