PROGRAM TITLE:	Human Dimensions
ACTIVITY STREAM:	Assessment
SCIENCE ELEMENT: 	Human Interactions

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION


DESCRIPTION:  This program supports high priority USGCRP research on 
social science dimensions including economic dimensions of global climate 
change and efforts to convey the scientific results to the public. Areas of 
special emphasis that derive from NOAA's mission are: i) value of scientific 
information in policy and resource management decisions; ii) human 
interactions in coastal areas, particularly economic and other social 
consequences, including ocean industries; iii) past climate and human 
adaptation via historical (including archaeological) techniques, and iv) 
outreach efforts in the coastal community.

Among the FY 1993 and 1994 multi-disciplinary projects, spanning the 
natural and social sciences, that will be expanded are: i)sequential decision-
making modelling of responses to climate change, ii) incorporating 
topographic uncertainty in management of natural hazard induced by climate 
change, iii) value of reducing uncertainties in ENSO forecasting, iv) social 
costs of coastal climate change, and v) trade-offs among climate and 
environmental problems using stochastic multi-objective modelling.  A new 
area of emphasis will be regional integrated assessments addressing climate 
change and other significant environmental problems.

The focused Education Program will continue to train trainers, support 
postdoctoral candidates, and issue at least one monograph/year. To date, 
NOAA's level of effort to educate informal educators and the general public 
is 
unique among CEES agencies. In FY 1995 NOAA will play a lead role in a 
major CEES educational program centered around a national 
videoconference  "town hall" meeting featuring the President and Vice-
President as well as conduct outreach efforts to targeted groups, such as 
community leaders and informal educators; and expand an extramural grants 
program to fund innovative and cost effective education programs.

All of the programs discussed use peer review of proposals solicited through a 
yearly announcement.  Committees of external experts for NOAA's Climate 
and Global Change Program and for the Human Dimensions Program 
provide guidance and oversight.

STAKEHOLDERS:  NOAA's research on characterizing scientific 
uncertainties (natural science and economic) is absolutely critical to 
conducting and evaluating results from large integrated assessment 
modeling.  Specific stakeholders include the broad-based policy community, 
decision-makers at a range of levels, educators, environmentalists, and 
scientists. The research has direct links to other working groups including 
observations (TOGA) and assessment (IRICP) for improved understanding of 
social value of ENSO predictions for economic activities). The Program 
complements the work of the IGBP through the Land-Oceans Intereactions in 
the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) program, the international Human Dimensions of 
Global Change Program (HDP), the International Institute for Applied 
Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Organization of Economic and 
Community Development (OECD), and the Inter-American Institute for 
Global Change Research (IAI). The Education program is the cornerstone of 
the major 11-federal agency CEES education initiative in FY 1995. 

SHORT-TERM POLICY PAYOFFS:  The Program directly supports the IPCC 
Working Groups II and III providing estimates and methods for assessing 
coastal consequences of climate change, enhanced understanding of 
vulnerability to global climate change, and methods used to analyze decision-
making under uncertainty.  Long-term payoffs include i) identification and 
characterization of scientific variables central to policy assessments; ii) 
comparison of trade-offs across various environmental goals; iii) enhanced 
understanding of adaptation processes both past and present; and iv) more 
effective provision of global environmental information to consumers 
(trainers, policy-makers, community groups).

PROGRAM CONTACT:  Claudia Nierenberg, Office of Global Programs, Suite 
1225, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 427-2089 x46.