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Ecosystems Center Scientists Named to National Committees

Ecosystems Center Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo was named chair of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee, which compiles and analyzes the latest science and information about current and projected effects of climate change across the United States. The committee is an advisory body to the government-mandated U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is required to produce a National Climate Assessment for the President and the Congress at least every four years. Melillo's committee will produce the report, building on previous findings and analyzing the regional and national effects of current and projected climate change upon a range of sectors, including agriculture, energy, water resources, human health and transportation. Opportunities for public review and comment throughout the development of the assessment will be available, including a public comment period on the draft report.
Hugh Ducklow, Ecosystems Center director, was appointed to the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel by John Holdren of President Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy and Subra Suresh, National Science Foundation director. The panel will examine the status and capabilities of the U.S. Antarctic program in anticipation of the upcoming renegotiation of the Antarctic Treaty. The main purpose of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed in Washington on December 1, 1959, is to ensure "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." Forty-eight nations are represented in the Antarctic Treaty.
Ecosystems Center Administrator Kelly Holzworth has been appointed to the board of the National Council of University Research Administrators.
Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Linda Deegan will lead the MBL component of the Northeast Climate Science Center, a consortium of seven institutions led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Northeast Climate Science Center is part of the Department of Interior's Climate Science Centers program, which will provide scientific information on climate change to land managers in federal, state and local agencies.
Research at the TIDE project at Plum Island Sound, led by Ecosystems Center senior scientist Linda Deegan, has been highlighted by the National Science Foundation on its Science, Engineering & Education Innovation webpage, Human-Generated Nutrient Overloads Can Destroy Coastal Wetlands.