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Connecting Science and Decision-making: Building a Foundation for Adaptation through the National Climate Assessment

Friday, November 04, 2011
3:00 PM
4:30 PM

Michigan State University Union
Abbottt Road & Grand River Avenue
Gold Room B
East LansingMI 48824
Managing the National Climate Assessment is an act of faith – faith that connecting people and information, building community, and doing a better job of synthesizing science and experience from multiple disciplines will help us make better decisions. It is also an act of faith because the intellectual and technical challenges are so large that reasonable people might question whether it can be done, and whether it can be sustained over time. Fortunately, this Assessment is informed by wisdom and experience from the leaders of previous assessments, National Academy reports, and years of working on collaborative governance and exploring the interface between science and society. If we succeed, this effort should yield benefits previous assessments have not – including building a foundation for adaptation decisions at multiple scales.

Kathy Jacobs is the Assistant Director for Climate Assessment and Adaptation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is on a mobility assignment from the University of Arizona, where she is in the department of Soils, Water and Environmental Science. Jacobs is Director of the National Climate Assessment and part of a team working to develop a national adaptation strategy. Jacobs recently chaired a National Research Council panel on climate change adaptation within the America's Climate Choices Project, and has served on six other Academy committees. From 2006-09 Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of the three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has 23 years of experience as a water manager for the state of Arizona, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area, and has a master's in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Michigan State University Union
Abbottt Road & Grand River Avenue
Gold Room B
East LansingMI 48824
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