For the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA), ICF International assisted in developing a workshop“Valuation Techniques and Metrics for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation Options: Methodological Perspectives for the National Climate Assessment.” The workshop, held in January 2011, was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of their roles in the Interagency Task Force for the NCA.
The NCAs have historically focused on determining a scientific basis for climate change and impacts. This workshop addressed the concern that all levels of government will require more information on the costs of impacts and adaptation, as well as other information on physical impacts and associated economic and socioeconomic metrics, as they move forward with addressing climate change, policy decisions, and programmatic adaptation.
ICF was instrumental in developing the workshop agenda; preparing a series of background papers for the workshop, focused on economic valuation techniques and the use of valuation techniques in individual sectors; and drafting the workshop report. The report will be delivered to the Federal Advisory Committee for consideration.
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