Nominations: Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science Establishment
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is establishing and seeking nominations for the Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science (Council). The Council will advise the Secretary of the Interior on the establishment and operations of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) and its nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs).
The Council is established under the authority of the Secretary and regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). The Council's duties are strictly advisory and consist of, but are not limited to, providing recommendations on: (a) advising on the contents of a national strategy identifying key climate adaptation science priorities to advance the management of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change; (b) advising on the nature, extent, and quality of relations with and engagement of key partners at the regional/CASC level; (c) advising on the nature and effectiveness of mechanisms to effectively deliver science information and tools, and build capacity, to aid the natural and cultural resource management community and decision-makers in adapting to a changing climate; (d) advising on mechanisms that may be employed by the NCASC to ensure high standards of scientific quality and integrity in its products, and to review and evaluate the performance of individuals CASCs, in advance of opportunities to re-establish expiring agreements; and (e) advising on the integration of equity, particularly for historically underserved communities, in the operation of the NCASC and regional CASCs.
The Council will meet approximately one to two times per year. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members and their alternates to the Council to a 2- to 3-year term. The members of the Council shall comprise approximately 18 members who represent the diversity of this nation's constituencies, and include the following interests:
- State and local governments, including state membership entities
- Non-governmental organizations whose primary mission is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities
- American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous organizations
- Other sectors, environmental justice organizations, private industry
Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that would enable DOI to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Council and to permit DOI to contact a potential member.