Dietz was featured in MSU Today for his work reviewing the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He joined other experts to review federal agencies work on climate for the last 25 years. The review examined efforts to develop Earth-observing systems, improving Earth-system modeling capabilities, and to advance understanding of carbon cycle processes. Dietz states that “The program is also a nice example of how federal agencies, each with its own mandates from Congress, can coordinate activities to better and more efficiently serve the public interest.” Although the report doesn’t focus on Michigan, the research program benefits the state with MSU’s partnerships with the University of Michigan and the Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessment Center.
Dietz was recently appointed to a Committee of the Council of Canadian Academies to examine the state of science regarding Integrated Natural Resource Management. The Council is an “independent, non-profit organization that supports independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada.” Their work involves the integration of natural science, social science, health science, engineering and humanities.