The National Climate Assessment, which is conducted every four years and submitted to the President and Congress, provides an assessment of the state of knowledge about climate change and its impacts in the U.S. The report was mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act. The first assessment was produced in 2000, and the next one is due to be released in 2013. By statute, before release, it must be reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. NAS has recently put together the panel that will review the report. The 23-member panel is comprised of scholars from across the country in a wide range of fields. Professor Kathleen Segerson has been appointed as a panel member. As part of her appointment, she will be responsible for providing comments and feedback on the draft report to the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program, which is responsible for preparing the report. After the review process is completed, the final report will be available to the public at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/nca-overview.