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Briefing #16, 24 June 2009

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Center Highlights

- Lisa Dilling was recently appointed as an editor of Weather, Climate and Society, a new interdisciplinary journal devoted to connecting science and society in the area of weather and climate. She was also appointed as a new member of the President's Advisory Committee on University Relations for UCAR.
- Max Boykoff will be joining our Center as a faculty member in August 2009. Max was a Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), as well as a Department Lecturer in the School of Geography and the Environment, at the University of Oxford. His interests include the cultural politics of climate change and transformations of carbon-based economies and societies.
- The Center now has a new Western Water Assessment-funded project, "A Drought Impact and Vulnerability Indicator Suite". This project will create a set of indicators for assessing the impacts of drought across different sectors (urban, agricultural, water, recreation), with the goal of developing both research-quality time series that can be normalized and analyzed for trends, and applied indicators that can help managers assess impacts and changing vulnerabilities.
Prometheus: The Science Policy Blog As of July 31, the Center will retire its science policy weblog, Prometheus. The Prometheus archives will remain available. We would like to thank the readers of Prometheus for their support over the past five years.

Roger Pielke, Jr. has created a new blog on science, policy and politics at
Sample of Recent Publications:
- Is the UK Climate Change Act on course to fail?
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2009. The British Climate Change Act: A Critical Evaluation and Proposed Alternative Approach, Environmental Research Letters. Vol. 4, No. 2.
- Stationarity is dead:
Pielke, Jr., R.A., 2009. Collateral Damage from the Death of Stationarity, GEWEX Newsletter, May, pp. 5-7.
- Book review of God and Country: America in Red and Blue:
Cherney, D.N. 2009. Kennedy, Sheila S., God and Country: America in Red and Blue, Policy Sciences, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 189-191.
- The technology of air capture:
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2009. An Idealized Assessment of the Economics of Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide in Mitigation Policy, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 216-225.
- The limits of predictability:
Dessai, S., M. Hulme, R. Lempert, and R. Pielke, Jr. 2009. Do We Need Better Predictions to Adapt to a Changing Climate? Eos, Vol 90, No. 13, pp. 111-112.