Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems (SAP 4.6)

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EPA has released the draft document, Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems for public review and comment. The notice has been posted by NOAA/ Department of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). The document will be available from the CCSP website with instructions for making comments.

The Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6 (SAP 4.6) analyzes the impacts of global change, especially those of climate variability and change and of land use and population dynamics, on three broad dimensions of the human condition: human health, human settlements, and human welfare. The SAP 4.6 has been prepared by a team of experts from academia, government, and the private sector in response to the mandate of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s Strategic Plan (2003). The assessment examines potential impacts of climate change on human society, opportunities for adaptation, and associated recommendations for addressing data gaps and near- and long-term research goals.


The goal of this report is to provide factual information on the impacts of environmental change on human health, human welfare, and human settlements to public health authorities and other public planning and resource management entities to allow for well-coordinated responses to the impacts of global change.


EPA is finalizing this document to submit to CCSP, who expects that the complete scientific assessment will be published by May 31, 2008.

The scientific assessment will undergo an external peer review consistent with the OMB peer review guidance for a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment (HISA). For details on the scientific assessment review please go to:


Date Description
01-Jun 2006Draft prospectus released along with an invitation for public review and comment.
02-Jul 2006Final prospectus is issued along with comments on the draft prospectus.
03-Dec 2006Request for nominations to the proposed Human Impacts and Climate Change Advisory Committee (HICCAC), as announced in a December 28, 2006 Federal Register Notice.
04-May 2007Establishment of the Human Impacts of Climate Change Advisory Committee (HICCAC), as posted in a May 10, 2007 Federal Register Notice.
05-Jul 2007Public Comment Draft released along with an invitation for public review and comment.
06-Sep 2007EPA announces they will hold a public HICCAC Committee meeting on Oct 15-16, 2007 in Alexandria, Virginia, by a September 17, 2007 Federal Register Notice.
07-Jan 2008EPA announces they will hold a follow-up meeting to the October '07 meeting.
08-Apr 2008The CCSP posted the Final (third) review draft on the U.S. CCSP Web site. With this they included the public review draft comment on the second review draft and the summary of author's responses to FACA expert review panel (ACSERAC) (PDF, 63pp, 1.28 Mb).

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To ensure that your comments are routed correctly, please submit them in the prescribed format to Detailed instructions can be found on the CCSP Web site.