Prof. Segerson appointed to NAS climate change committee

segersonProfessor Kathy Segerson was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) National Research Council (NRC) Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) ( was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.” Every four years it prepares the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which provides an overview of what is currently known about the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.  In May 2014, the USGCRP released the third NCA ( The NRC Committee provides ongoing and focused advice to the USGCRP, including formal reviews of the NCAs.  It is comprised of 20 individuals from academia, government, and the private sector, with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including economics, engineering, risk communication, sociology and ecology. Professor Segerson’s appointment to the Committee is for three years.