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EPA - 29137 - Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee - Agency Authority
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCoastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory CommitteeAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number29137
Original Establishment Date5/2/2006Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date10/30/2008Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date6/6/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jack
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Fitzgerald
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency Decision DocumentDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 343-9336
Effective Date Of Authority*5/2/2006Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-343-2342
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*fitzgerald.jack@epa.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*FY 2009 Accomplishments:The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the EPA Administrator on the conduct of a study titled Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise to be conducted as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Within the context of the basic study plan, CESLAC will advise on the specific issues to be addressed, appropriate technical approaches, the nature of information relevant to decision makers, the content of the final report, compliance with the Information Quality Act, and other matters important to the successful achievement of the objectives of the study. CESLAC met once in FY 2009 to complete its report to the EPA Administrator.The need and purpose of the Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee (CESLAC) relate to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). In February 2002, the President created a cabinet-level organization to improve government-wide management of climate science and climate-related technology development. Two collaborative interagency programs were launched in response to the President’s direction: the CCSP and the Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP). The CCSP is sponsored by thirteen federal agencies, including EPA, and is overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council, and the Office of Management and Budget.In July 2002, a year-long process to prepare a ten year strategic plan for the CCSP was initiated. The resulting Strategic Plan for the Climate Change Science Program identified a comprehensive set of issues and questions to be analyzed and assessed, including “human contributions and responses to climate change.” Specifically, the Strategic Plan identified the development of “elevation maps depicting areas vulnerable to sea-level rise and planning maps depicting how state and local governments could respond to sea-level rise.” EPA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are leading an effort to develop these types of maps as part of a synthesis and assessment product titled “Coastal Elevations and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise.” The results of this effort will be combined with other assessments being undertaken pursuant to the Strategic Plan in a comprehensive CCSP synthesis and assessment report to be produced by December 2007.The science of climate change, including its potential impacts on sea level rise and coastal areas, along with the resulting impacts on human communities, structures and systems of all types, as well as flora and fauna are extremely complex. Consequently, there are a variety of views and interests that should be considered in an assessment of this type. The purpose of CESLAC is to advise on the specific issues which should be addressed in the assessment, appropriate technical approaches, the nature of information relevant to decision makers, the content of the assessment report, and other scientific and technical matters that may be found to be important to the successful completion of the assessment.
How is membership balanced?*Membership in CESLAC consists of four Federal Government employees (RGEs) chosen from agencies with significant responsibilities relevant to the study area, five representatives of State Governments physically located in the study area, and six representatives of non-governmental organizations with interests directly affected by the subject study area. All members have technical knowledge relevant to the subject matter.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*CESLAC met once in FY 2009 to prepare and approve its report.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), large-scale impacts of climate change are expected to include changes in mean global sea level. Many coastal areas will experience increased levels of flooding, accelerated erosion, loss of wetlands and mangroves, and seawater intrusion into freshwater sources. The extent and severity of storm impacts, including storm-surge floods and shore erosion, will increase. However, changes in relative sea level vary locally due to uplift and subsidence caused by other factors.Significant human and natural resources are located in the coastal areas of the United States. In many of these areas, population and attendant social and economic resources are currently increasing and are projected to continue increasing for decades. Detailed and scientifically sound information on the physical vulnerability of specific areas to changes in sea level and options for responding to these changes is essential for effective and responsible planning and management of these areas. CESLAC will provide essential expertise to the EPA, NOAA and USGS led synthesis and assessment product titled “Coastal Elevations and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise.” No other forum or Agency committee exists that can ensure that all relevant views and interests are expressed and considered in this assessment. EPA staff cannot perform the functions of the advisory committee because there is only one EPA staff person with nationally recognized knowledge in the area of coastal elevations and sea level rise. That person is expected to participate on the advisory committee but he does not embody all knowledge, views and interests relevant to the subject area. No other existing EPA advisory committee can perform the functions of CESLAC because no other such committee has either the experience of its members or the subject area mandate in its charter. The functions of the committee cannot be successfully performed by other means such as a public hearing because of the close relationship of the committee to the production of the synthesis and assessment report under the CCSP titled “Coastal Elevations and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise.” This product is time sensitive and requires a range of frequently highly technical knowledge in an emerging subject area. There are no other existing public forums that can offer this range of qualifications in a sufficiently timely manner. CESLAC is the most efficient and cost-effective approach for providing this input.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe CESLAC had its last meeting in FY 2009 (October 16, 2008).

All members are Tier 1 (parent committee members). There are no Tier 2 (subcommittee) members serving.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*18Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee's report and recommendations will need to be considered by the new Administration of President Obama.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Committee's report and recommendations will need to be considered by the new Administration of President Obama.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentInformation is provided on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program website www.climatescience.gov and at www.environmentalinformation.net/CESLAC
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*CESLAC primarily addresses EPA's Goal 1 - Clean Air and Global Climate Change. CESLAC provides advice to the EPA Administrator on the conduct of a study titled Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise to be conducted as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Within the context of the basic study plan, CESLAC advised on the specific issues, appropriate technical approaches, the nature of information relevant to decision makers, the content of the final report, compliance with the Information Quality Act, and other matters important to the successful achievement of the objectives of the study. In February 2002, the President created a cabinet-level organization to improve government-wide management of climate science and climate-related technology development. Two collaborative interagency programs were launched in response to the President’s direction: the CCSP and the Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP). The CCSP is sponsored by thirteen federal agencies, including EPA, and is overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council, and the Office of Management and Budget.In July 2002, a year-long process to prepare a ten year strategic plan for the CCSP was initiated. The resulting Strategic Plan for the Climate Change Science Program identified a comprehensive set of issues and questions to be analyzed and assessed, including “human contributions and responses to climate change.” Specifically, the Strategic Plan identified the development of “elevation maps depicting areas vulnerable to sea-level rise and planning maps depicting how state and local governments could respond to sea-level rise.” EPA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are leading an effort to develop these types of maps as part of a synthesis and assessment product titled “Coastal Elevations and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise.” The results of this effort will be combined with other assessments being undertaken pursuant to the Strategic Plan in a comprehensive CCSP synthesis and assessment report.CESLAC met once in FY 2009 and submitted its report to the EPA Administrator.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$7,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$9,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$2,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$18,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Interest Areas

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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-010903Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011854Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013007Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee2006