A5: Assessment to Action: The role of scientific assessments in policy frameworks

Scientific assessments aim to embed science as foundational information to policymakers at varying governance scales. This session will explore how different climate assessments have been used by policymakers to understand the risks faced from climate impacts, as well as potential paths forward for both climate mitigation and adaptation. We will explore the critical overlap between policy needs, government-funded science, and the role of assessments—both historically and in the future—in informing decision-making. Speakers will discuss how science is used and risk translated, what tools work for decision-makers and how assessments should more fully engage to support good governance. Importantly, speakers will touch on a range of governance viewpoints and different assessment approaches, including state (California and/or Montana), local (New York City), and nongovernmental/cross-sectoral (Science for Climate Action Network).


  • Julie Morris, Associate Director of Implementation and Strategic Planning, National Coordination Office, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Britta Bierwagen, Group Chief, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jason Jabbour, Regional Coordinator, UN Environment Programme
  • Richard Moss, Visiting Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
  • Adam Parris, Deputy Director of Climate Science and Risk Communication, Office of the Mayor, New York City