In early 2013, the Interagency Crosscutting Group on
A team of more than 100 experts was involved in writing this report. The selection of authors was limited to Federal employees
and their contractors or affiliates. Each chapter had an author team consisting of Lead and Contributing Authors, who were
responsible for a chapter or subsection of a chapter based on their expertise. Lead and Contributing Authors came from multiple
agencies across the government, including the U.S. Department of
The report was drafted between spring 2014 and spring 2015. Guidance and resources provided to authors included:
- Literature Review Guidance. Guidance was provided to authors on reviewing and assessing the literature, screening for eligibility and information quality, and documenting their process for inclusion in the assessment. Please see Appendix 2: Process for Literature Review, for more information on the literature review and selection process.
Author Guidance. Guidance was provided to authors on chapter development, including basic and technical guidance on scope, chapter preparation and outlines, and meeting information quality guidance. Guidelines were also provided for transparent reporting of likelihood, confidence, and
- Modeling Guidance. Guidance was provided to the authors for the four chapters within the assessment that highlight recent peer-reviewed modeling and/or quantitative analyses. These analyses were conducted by the chapter authors for the purpose of this assessment, in addition to their assessment of the broader body of literature. Please see Appendix 1: Technical Support Document, for more information on modeling approaches.
Style and Language Guidance. The Steering Committee, in conjunction with
USGCRPstaff and the NOAATechnical Support Unit (TSU), developed a style guide to ensure consistent style, tone, formatting, use of graphics, and documentation of metadata across the report.
- Author Resource Portal. An online platform was developed by the NOAA TSU to provide author teams with a shared online workspace, help structure the drafting and revising process, and document metadata on report figures.
- Drafting Workshop. An all-authors workshop was held on September 10–11, 2014, to review guidelines and timelines and to discuss cross-cutting issues among and between author teams.
The Steering Committee provided a number of opportunities for public engagement in scoping, informing, and reviewing the
report. On February 7, 2014,
The draft assessment was peer-reviewed by a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Based on comments from the public and the National Academies’ report,3 the authors extensively reviewed and revised the assessment. The assessment was reviewed and approved by the
- Request for Public Engagement in the Interagency Special Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program. URL | Detail 2014:
- Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. URL | Detail 2015:
- Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. National Academies Press. URL | Detail 2015: