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NOAA Scientists Provide Technical Input to the Health Sector section of the National Climate Assessment 2013 Report

Published on: 02/15/2012
Research Area(s): Coastal Change

Climate change imperils human health, posing real and potential threats and costs. To gaina broader understanding of the health effects of climate change in the Southeastern UnitedStates and also to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment report, a workshop under theauspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program brought together biological, physicaland social scientists and also public health and natural resource decision makers.

Participantsfocused on impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities – both current and future. National Centers forCoastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers participated and also presented a case study:Tidal Creek Ecosystems: Sentinel Habitats for Assessing and Predicting the Consequences ofCoastal Development and Climate Change.

Additionally, as members of the steering committee,the Hollings Marine Laboratory Director and Principal Scientist helped plan and organizethe workshop. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-hostedthe event which occurred February 13-14 in Charleston SC.

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