SCAN's Projects

This page will be continually updated, but below are some initial priorities, several of which are fully underway.   

SCAN’s Initial Priorities

After reviewing the independent advisory committee process (report can be found here). In addition to convening the network members to better define SCAN's processes, products and outcomes (read more below), several priority themes emerged as a starting point for SCAN projects. 



  • Planning for sea level rise and coastal inundation 

  • Heat stress, health, and social equity

  • Adaptation finance 



  • The use of citizen science in generating appropriate and usable information

  • Evaluating climate information based on uses and usability

SCAN's Convening Process

Chartering SCAN

We are moving forward with steps to design the SCAN network so that it supports several objectives that network members say they need, including: 

  • Sustaining and motivating an invested, diverse, and inclusive community of individuals and groups working on similar challenges who may otherwise feel isolated and unsupported

  • Using co-production and collaborative learning to identify good practices and effective methods , and

  • Supporting application of information and resources developed by the network and broader community


A key next step is convening the network to sort through the options, make decisions, and begin to implement. Network members are from both practitioner communities (people making decisions and implementing action in the face of a wide variety of climate change issues) and scientific communities, and represent a wide variety of sectors including NGOs, professional organizations, academia, local, state, tribal & federal government, foundations, trade associations, and private sector practices.


The goal of this convening process is to agree on how network members want to relate to the network, both as contributors to its work and beneficiaries of its results. Then the structure of the network can reflect these goals. We have submitted a funding request to help support the initiation of this work and hope to hear back on that soon, but are taking some small next steps with our existing funding regardless. 

These next steps include working with our ‘Conveners’ committee to develop a series of 6-8 small focus groups. There will be short (30 minute) teleconference interviews with these focus groups and the feedback will then be synthesized.  

In addition, we will host an online forum to share these results and gather (via the web) additional feedback from the broader network.

Initially, the focus groups will be organized around different sectors of the SCAN community, though we anticipate lots of cross-cutting conversations at different points. The first few focus groups will likely include representative participants from these networks: 

  • Municipalities and Counties

  • States

  • Regional Applied Research Groups

  • Climate Science Providers 

  • Climate-Affected Professional Associations

  • NGOs 


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