Responses to Climate Change Program
The RCC Program Management Team is headed by Drs. Rolf Olsen and Kate White of the USACE Institute for Water Resources. They will bring a broad corporate and interagency overview to the program due to their participation in numerous interagency climate change activities such as the publication of the interagency report "Climate change and water resources management: A federal perspective" (Brekke et al. 2009) (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USACE, Bureau of Reclamation) and the Climate Change and Water Working Group (Bureau of Reclamation et al., in review). In addition, Dr. Olsen represents USACE on the Water Resources Working Group, one of five interagency working groups established by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop a national strategy for adapting to climate change. Dr. Kate White represents the USACE on the Agency Adaptation Process Working Group. The other working groups are Adaptation Science Inputs for Policy (Dr. Gene Stakhiv), International Resilience Efforts (Dr. Will Logan), and Insurance.
The RCC will include a core team of advisors with specific objectives and deliverables. A program support team will provide reporting, communications, financial and technical support. Advisors will include experts from other agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Advisors will be selected based on their expert knowledge of climate change science and climate change adaptation experience.
Each team consists of a wide cross-section of USACE personnel, including subject matter experts and other execution staff from USACE districts, divisions, IWR, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), other Federal agencies, universities, and other stakeholders. Team members will include water managers, planners, regulators, engineers, economists, operators and environmental specialists, as well as subject matter experts in climate change, climate change adaptation and mission areas which will be impacted by climate change. Team members will be selected by the RCC Program Management Team Leads based on the knowledge, skills and abilities required to complete the planned work.
revised 17 November 2011