“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that climate change isn’t something that’s happening far off in the future or somewhere far away to someone else. It’s here now and happening to us,” Crimmins said in an interview. “As we head into uncharted territory, I think of the National Climate Assessment as an atlas to help move us forward.”
Crimmins stressed that she is committed to make this assessment, the fifth edition, the best yet so that it’s both “useful and usable” for many different audiences, whether a water resource manager, a public health official or business owner. “We’re looking for ways to make the report interactive so that people can access the information they need or the information they most care about,” she said.
Crimmins will be responsible for guiding an effort that draws together the research and findings of the 13 federal agencies participating in the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the entity charged with producing the report, while also bringing in outside experts.
“I am committed to this idea of democratization of access to climate data and information,” she said. “I think we get there by convening a lot of voices from across a broad range of expertise and experience to contribute.”