The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is now in the early stages of developing the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). These posting serves to solicit your engagement in reviewing and responding to the report’s Draft Prospectus, which is available for public comment through August 10.

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a Congressionally mandated and highly influential scientific assessment. The NCA is produced by USGCRP on a quadrennial basis and evaluates the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems in the United States. The most recent assessment, NCA4, was released in November 2018 and has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

The Social Science Coordinating Committee at USGCRP has been working to bolster social science contributions and topic areas into NCA5 and future NCAs. Engagement from the social science community in shaping the Draft Prospectus is the first opportunity to achieve this goal. Comments at this early stage will be foundational for increasing social science framing, perspectives, analyses and results into NCA5. In addition, a forthcoming call for author nominations and literature will be another opportunity for NCA5 engagement from the social science community.

Please consider submitting a comment on the Draft Prospectus and forwarding this letter to your network. Public comments are sought on ways to make the assessment information accessible and useful to multiple audiences; specific types of detailed information at regional scales that would be most useful to NCA5 readers; how to best describe risks and impacts, as well as potential opportunities to reduce those risks and impacts; suggestions for new approaches to topics addressed in previous NCAs; and suggestions regarding overarching themes that NCA5 should consider addressing.

After the call for authors and technical inputs is released, USGCRP is planning to host an optional informational webinar for social scientists interested in contributing to NCA5. You can reach out to Austin Scheetz ([email protected]) for more information about the webinar. If you would like to receive updates and reminders about NCA5 moving forward, please subscribe to USGCRP’s newsletter  or follow the Program on Twitter (@usgcrp). Please feel free to reach out with any questions.