The National Climate Assessment - "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit with Kathy Jacobs and UA Authors

May 9, 2014
National Climate Assessment logo reads: U.S. Global Change Research Program - National Climate Assessment

On Friday, May 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PMKathy Jacobs, director of the National Climate Assessment and director of the UA’s Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, Gregg Garfin, lead author of the Southwest portion of the NCA and Assistant Professor in the UA’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, potentially along with other UA researchers that were critical to various sections of the NCA report, will host an “Ask Me Anything” conversation on the website Reddit. Join the conversation (must be a registered Reddit user, which is very easy to set up) or just follow along (affectionately known as a “lurker” on Reddit) for a unique, realtime, and intimate opportunity to get answers from the key people in the National Climate Assessment’s creation.

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, to be released on or about May 6, delivers to the U.S. Congress and the President the latest policy-relevant climate change research available.

More about the NCA (from the NCA website):
“The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, and with this provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability.  The NCA will help evaluate the effectiveness of our mitigation and adaptation activities and identify economic opportunities that arise as the climate changes.  It will also serve to integrate scientific information from multiple sources and highlight key findings and significant gaps in our knowledge.”

More about Reddit and the subreddit “IAmA” (from Wikipedia):
“Reddit … is an entertainment, social networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Only registered users can then vote submissions "up" or "down" to organize the posts and determine their position on the site's pages. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called "subreddits".

One of the most popular subreddits is IAmA ("I Am A") where a user may post "AMAs" (for "Ask Me Anything"), or similarly "AMAAs" ( for "Ask Me Almost Anything") – prompts for others to ask questions about any topic. AMAs are open to all Reddit users, and use the site's comment system for both questions and answers.”

In a related event, the UA's Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) will host a panel to discuss the National Climate Assessment report on May 8 at 7 pm in McClelland Park, Room 105.