[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 13 (Friday, January 18, 2013)]
[Page 4132]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00957]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket Number: 130107013-3013-0]
RIN 0648-XC433

National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce 

ACTION: Notice of availability for public comment.


SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) 
publishes this notice on behalf of the National Climate Assessment and 
Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) to announce the availability of 
a Draft Climate Assessment Report for public comment. This report, 
following revision and further review, will be submitted to the Federal 
Government for consideration in the Third National Climate Assessment.

DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5:00 p.m. 
Eastern time on April 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The NCADAC Climate Assessment Report is available at http://ncadac.globalchange.gov.
    Comments from the public will be accepted electronically at http://ncadac.globalchange.gov. Comments may be submitted only online and at 
this address; instructions for doing this are on the Web site.
    All comments received will be considered by the relevant chapter 
authors and will become part of the public record once the final report 
is issued. However, until the report is finalized and released to the 
public, commenters' identities will not be shared with the authors. 
When the report is released in final form to the public, the comments, 
in association with the commenter's name, will be released alongside 
the author's Responses and will be available on http://globalchange.gov. No additional information a commenter submits as part 
of the registration process (such as an email address) will be 
disclosed publicly.
    The final Climate Assessment Report will be available at the Web 
site mentioned above. The Department of Commerce will publish a notice 
informing the public of the final report when it is issued.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal 
Officer, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory 
Committee, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway--R/NCADAC, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459) during normal 
business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, 
or visit the NOAA NCADAC Web site at http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Climate Assessment (NCA), which 
serves as a status report on climate change science and impacts, is 
conducted pursuant to the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990. 
The GCRA requires the government to provide a report to the President 
and the Congress every four years that integrates, evaluates, and 
interprets the findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program 
(USGCRP). To assist the government in fulfilling this requirement, the 
Department of Commerce established the National Climate Assessment and 
Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) in January 2011. The NCADAC is 
a federal advisory committee established under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act of 1972 that is supported by the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It develops and provides to the 
government proposed NCA Reports and advice regarding the sustained 
assessment process.
    The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of 
climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, and 
with this provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability on 
sectors and regions of the U.S. The NCA discusses the effectiveness of 
mitigation and adaptation activities and identifies economic 
opportunities that may arise as the climate changes. It also serves to 
integrate scientific information from multiple sources and highlights 
key findings and significant gaps in knowledge.
    The NCADAC welcomes all comments on the content of its Report at 

    Dated: January 14, 2013.
Jason Donaldson,
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
[FR Doc. 2013-00957 Filed 1-17-13; 8:45 am]