BASC Fall Meeting 2016

Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

November 29-30, 2016
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

8:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M.


Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate & Board on Life Sciences
Joint Session on Climate Change and Ecology

Session goals:
  • Familiarize Board members with current assessments of climate change impacts on ecosystems and climate-smart conservation techniques
  • Begin a conversation between the two boards on climate change and ecology, and work to identify key areas of frontier research/applications/approaches that may be ripe for collaborative NAS project development.
  • Introduce the ideas we will explore: observations, tools, and mgmt. techniques
10:00 A.M.Welcome and Introductions -- A.R. Ravishankara, BASC Chair, and James Collins, BLS Chair
10:10 A.MOpening Remarks -- Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences (remote)
10:20 A.M.Overview: Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems -- Terry Chapin, University of Alaska
10:40 A.M. Overview: Climate-Smart Conservation Practices -- John Gross, National Park Service
11:00 A.M. Panel 1: Observing Climate Impacts on Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities

Examine existing observational capabilities and networks for climate impacts on ecosystems. What are the challenges and opportunities in ground- truthing? What under-utilized information can be could be applied in developing forecasting tools? How can these capabilities be expanded to a global network? Panelists 10-12 min each followed by open discussion.
  • Forests, remote sensing -- Dave Schimel, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • NEON model -- Gene Kelly, National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Field stations and marine labs -- Camille Parmesan, Plymouth University (remote)
  • Phenology -- Jake Weltzin, USGS
12:30 P.M.Working Lunch
1:30 P.M.Panel 2: Forecasting Tools in the Ecological Context: Challenges and Opportunities

What new tools (e.g., ground research, remote sensing) are needed to deal with climate change impacts on ecosystems? How are current obs being used and incorporated in forecasting tools? How might the current molecular/genetic tools applied to understand ecological impacts of climate change? How do we move beyond using climate information for species-envelope modeling? Panelists 10-12 min each followed by open discussion.
3:00 P.M.Break
3:15 P.M.Panel 3: Ecosystem Management Solutions in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities

Are ecologists and managers ready to take advantage of new tools and information? Are the links in place between climatologists, ecologists, geneticists, and land managers to enable making ecological management decisions? How best can the tools identified in Panel 2 be used? Where may they have been applied with success? Panelists 10-12 min each followed by open discussion.
4:15 P.M. Open Discussion

  • Important areas of overlap between BLS and BASC
  • Key issues on the horizon that are ripe for study
5:00 P.M. Reception / Dinner

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.