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ESIG Director's Message

 

Bob Harriss in his office

In June 2004, the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) catalyzed the Workshop on Communicating Urgency, Facilitating Social Change: New Strategies for Climate Change, which engaged a diverse group of academics, environmental advocates, and media experts in a dialogue that aims to integrate considerations of risk, ethics, policy, organizational and individual behaviors in the context of improving climate change communication. One product of the workshop will be a unique edited volume on strategies for improving the public discourse on human actions and climate change. This book will also provide an exciting research agenda for advancing the science of ecoliteracy in America.

A Summer Colloquium on Climate and Health, sponsored by ESIG, NCAR's Strategic Initiative on the Science Weather and Climate Impact Assessment, and NCAR's Advanced Studies Program, brought together 31 senior experts and 30 international graduate and postgraduate students to shape a program for research and professional training in climate and health. This emerging field of interdisciplinary exploration must nurture a community of practitioners and scholars who will build a scientific foundation of shared theory and methods for understanding the role of climate in health. The NCAR Strategic Initiative on the Science of Weather and Climate Impact Assessment will take the leadership role in building momentum for progress in the area that will surely grow in importance in the warmer world of the twenty-first century.

This Annual Scientific Review reports many other important accomplishments in ESIG's ongoing programs in the use and value of weather and climate information, weather and climate impact assessment, and education and outreach. These research activities reach across the nation and the world, with an emphasis on connecting science to help create better futures for humankind.

Deputy Director Linda Mearns

The end of this fiscal year gave birth to the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE). The ESIG program forms the core of this new NCAR Institute. ESIG staff dedicated an enormous amount of effort throughout this year to shape an expanded vision and research agenda for the future growth in societal impacts research at NCAR. New programmatic emphases will include research on process studies related to vulnerability, adaptation, thresholds, and resilience of coupled social and natural systems, and an increased focus on the role of uncertainty in the use of scientific information for decision making. The existing highly productive ESIG research, education, and outreach programs will continue in the new ISSE organization. The commitment of NCAR to a more vigorous leadership role in future national and international environment-society programs reflects the more than three decades of outstanding contributions by the scientists and staff of the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group.

--Robert Harriss

 

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