Support for the U.S. National Climate Assessment

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ICF International has supported a number of activities pertaining to the National Climate Assessment (NCA), including researching and writing technical reports; developing case studies; and planning, facilitating, and participating in working groups, workshops, and meetings.

ICF assisted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its participation on the Interagency Working Group on Ecosystems, which is coordinated through the U.S. Global Change Research Program. ICF conducted a literature review and prepared background materials for a workshop that brought together experts to discuss the process of selecting appropriate ecological indicators for tracking the impacts of climate change. The results of the workshop were summarized in a report, which is being used in the NCA. ICF also assisted in developing a workshop entitled, "Valuation Techniques and Metrics for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation Options: Methodological Perspectives for the National Climate Assessment."

ICF's Michael Savonis is a contributing author to the transportation sector of the 2013 NCA, including acting as lead author for a report entitled "Climate Change and Infrastructure, Urban Systems, and Vulnerabilities" and lead author of the transportation section in the report entitled "U.S. Cities and Climate Change: Urban, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability Issues."

ICF supports EPA's Global Change Research Program in conducting a case study of climate change impacts and potential stormwater response adaptations to support the development of watershed implementation plans in the Chesapeake Bay. ICF conducted a literature review of local impacts and current practices in green stormwater infrastructure and will provide research results from a case study that includes conducting workshops with stakeholders in the region. The final product will contribute to the NCA 2013 report.

ICF assisted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its participation on the Climate Change and Human Health Working Group. ICF supported two regional climate change and human health workshops in February 2012 as part of the 2013 NCA process, in the Southeast and Northwest regions. The regional surveys and workshop white papers were provided as technical input for the 2013 NCA.

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Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and others

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