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Switzer Fellows co-author chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment

Topic(s): Climate Change

Multiple Switzer Fellows contributed to chapters in the United States’ Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). NCA5 fulfills the mandate that the the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) produce a report that “integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program and discusses the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings; analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and analyzes current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.”

According to the report guide, the “products of the USGCRP are designed to assist the Nation and the world in understanding, assessing, predicting, and responding to human-induced and natural processes of global change. National Climate Assessments synthesize scientific information and evaluate the state of the science on climate change to inform a broad audience of decision-makers across the country.”

Switzer Fellow contributions to the report include: 

  • Pamela McElwee led the Ecosystems chapter, which “highlighted the risks to species/ecosystems, and opportunities to engage nature to help us adapt,” she shared on X
  • Francisco Dóñez was a chapter author of the Transportation chapter, which explores the benefits and considerations of transitioning to a carbon-free, resilient and equitable transportation system. 
  • Anne Marsh was a chapter author of the Forests chapter, examining forest changes, ecosystem services, and adaptation efforts to maintain resilient forest ecosystems. 

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