Dr. Donald Boesch - National Research Council

The National Research Council (NRC) is an arm of the National Academies of Science and Engineering that exists to engage the broad community of science and technology to further knowledge and advise the federal government on important issues.

I served on the Ocean Studies Board (OSB) between 1989 and 1995 and again since 2007.  I currently am the chair of this standing board that is the focal point within the National Research Council on a wide range of issues of related to ocean science, engineering, and policy.  I chaired a committee that produced the 1994 report Priorities for Coastal Ecosystem Science, prepared in response to a request by the President's National Science and Technology Council to assess the coastal science priorities related to issues of water quantity and allocation and ecosystem integrity. I also served as co-chair (with Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain) of an OSB committee that held several regional workshops (California, Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Maine) to address the obstacles to the more effective use of science in coastal environmental policy and management. The committee published a summary report of its findings, Science, Policy and the Coast: Improving Decisionmaking.

I participated in a multi-part assessment of water resources planning within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted through the Water Science and Technology Board. I chaired the panel that produced the report Adaptive Management for Water Resource Project Planning and served on the coordinating committee that produced the overview report U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Planning: A New Opportunity for Service. I was also a member (2004-2009) of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP), under the Water Science and Technology Board. This Congressionally mandated activity provides biennial assessments of progress in restoring the ecosystem, including significant accomplishments and challenges to be met in the plan’s implementation. CISRERP's first report Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The First Biennial Review was released in 2006 and The Second Biennial Review was released in 2008.  Finally, I was a member of the NRC committee that produced the report Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (2008). Later, I served on the committee that produced A Review of the Proposed Revisions to the Federal Principles and Guidelines for Water Resources Planning Document (2011). 

I also served on the NRC panel that produced the report America's Climate Choices that offers a scientific framework for shaping the policy choices underlying the nation's efforts to confront climate change. To mark the release of the report, the  Council held A Conversation on America's Climate Choices in which I appeared in Session 1 of this video.

Current NRC committees on which I serve are addressing Improving Principals and Guidelines for Water Resources and Planning for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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