America’s Climate Choices and GIS

At the request of Congress, The National Academies has launched a suite of activities to examine a wide range of issues associated with global climate change.  Called America’s Climate Choices, the project will examine the science and technology challenges as well as provide advice on actions and strategies the nation can take to respond.  

I am a strong proponent of the value of GIS in helping us to better understand and respond to climate change.  Geospatial technologies will certainly be well-represented in America’s Climate Choices, thanks to the appointment of the Honorable James E. Geringer to the Committee on America’s Climate Choices.  The former Governor of Wyoming, Geringer joined Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) as director of policy and public sector strategies.  Geringer and other members of the Committee will be responsible for providing overall direction, coordination, and integration of the on the full America’s Climate Choices suite of activities.  

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