SCAN's Objectives:

SCAN is designed to foster evaluation and analysis of climate-related knowledge for applications. As our network builds and evolves, so will our work and our goals. 


Initially, our specific objectives are to:

  • Connect people and institutions who are involved in producing and using global change science (e.g., researchers, professional organizations, communities intermediaries, and practitioners)

  • Use sustained partnerships to evaluate the rigor and utility of climate-related tools, products, and activities that are intended to inform practitioners

  • Develop and disseminate synthesis products such as good practices, technical guidelines, application templates, indicators, case studies, and other tools

  • Promote access to climate-relevant science and tools

  • Conduct priority activities and products for collective efforts (to be determined in partnership with the network participants)

An initial cohort of organizations have validated the need for SCAN (see below) and have agreed to provide input in the convening process. We welcome others into this early phase (please contact us if you'd like to be a part of this convening process), and we will be formally and fully expanding the network in subsequent months.   

Members of the Convening Committee

A small 'convening committee' has agreed to help guide the structure and initial priorities for SCAN. These experts are volunteering their time and experience to kick start this project, and will be guided by a robust stakeholder engagement process. In the months to come, this initial convening committee will give way to a Board of Directors. 

Members of the Convening Committee: 

  • Dr. Bilal Ayyub, Professor, Director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management, University of Maryland 

  • Ms. Taryn Finnessy, Senior Climate Change Specialist for the State of Colorado, Dept of Natural Resources

  • Ms. Mary Glackin, VP for Weather Business Solutions for The Weather Company, an IBM Company, and President Elect for the American Meteorological Society

  • Ms. Alice Hill, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

  • Ms. Katharine Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona

  • Mr. Sascha Petersen, Executive Director, Adaptation International

  • Dr. Richard Moss, (CHAIR), Fellow, Columbia University, and Fellow, American Meteorological Society

  • Dr. Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist and Director Emeritus, The Ecosystems Center

  • Ms. Terese (TC) Richmond, Partner, Van Ness Feldman

  • Dr. Lynn Scarlett, Co-Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

  • Mr. Daniel Zarilli, New York City Mayor’s Office

Staff Director: Dr. Anne Waple, Studio30k


Supporting Organizations

As SCAN begins to set some initial priorities, the following organizations have already pledged their support for the idea of an independent organization that focuses on the needs of local, tribal, and state governments, communities, businesses, and organizations, and that provides high quality scientifically-supported resources and guidance on a range of technical issues including bond ratings, infrastructure design, public health and much more.


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