Richard Moss, Joint Global Change Research Institute. "Bringing Values and Context Into Climate Change Decision Making: New Challenges for Assessment"
People, places, and things are vulnerable to interacting changes in climate and society.
While there is a great deal of scientific information available, scientific uncertainties can
seem to make planning responses a challenge. This talk will focus on the shifting locus of
climate risk decision making and the need for 'decision support' that does more to bring
science in contact with the values of decision makers and the context in which decisions
are made. The talk will explore the changing nature of public participation and the role
of assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the
US National Climate Assessment (NCA) in meeting this challenge.
Richard H. Moss is a senior scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration
of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. His
research focuses on the societal implications of global environmental change, specifically
the use of scenarios, vulnerability assessments, uncertainty characterization, and
decision support to improve adaptation planning. Moss previously directed the Office of
the US Global Change Research Program; served as a technical support director, author,
and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and directed climate
and energy programs at the World Wildlife Fund and the UN Foundation. He chairs
the US National Academy of Science’s Board on Environmental Change and Society and
served in multiple roles on the federal advisory committee for the recently completed
Third US National Climate Assessment.
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