17 April – “Energy and Environment Science Policy Analysis at the IDA Science and Technology Institute”
Date: 17 April 2017
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Topic: Energy and Environment Science Policy Analysis at the IDA Science and Technology Institute
Abstract: The IDA Science and Technology Institute (STPI) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that conducts objective policy analysis in support of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as other Executive Branch offices and agencies. STPI conducts policy and program assessments, strategic planning, and technology evaluation across a wide range of established and emerging science and technology issues. This seminar will present three recent and ongoing STPI projects from our Energy and Environment portfolio. First, we will discuss STPI’s work on an Earth observations assessment that evaluated the relative reliance of the Federal Government on individual observing systems, sensors, networks, and surveys in order to establish priorities and supporting actions for advancing the Nation’s civil Earth observation capabilities. The second project we will discuss is an analysis of a public-private collaboration pilot project, called the Resilience Dialogues, an online, consultative dialogue between community leaders and climate experts designed to help communities begin the process of climate resilience planning. Finally, we will present work done in support of developing Federal R&D priorities to address methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In this work, we explore a variety of policy-relevant outcomes impacted by advances in GHG measurement science, with an emphasis on improving GHG inventory estimates, identifying emissions mitigation strategies, and informing technology development requirements.