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Toward a National Climate Service. November 6, 2008 Dr. Richard D. Rosen Senior Advisor for Climate Research NOAA Climate Program Office. The World Has Warmed. IMPACTS. Drought. Receding Barnes Ice Cap. Role of human activities in warming is now better established.
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November 6, 2008
Dr. Richard D. Rosen
Senior Advisor for Climate Research NOAA Climate Program Office
Receding Barnes Ice Cap
IPCC First Assessment Report, 1990
IPCC Second Assessment Report, 1995
IPCC Third Assessment Report, 2001
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, 2007
Public demand for climate information exceeds current capacity
Sources of information are distributed and usually not coordinated
Commitment to establish a Climate Service is needed to integrate provision of NOAA’s climate products and services
NOAA needs to engage other agencies and organizations in defining their roles in a National Climate Service partnership
Improved capabilities are needed to enable:
User and issue focused approach
Improve national as well as local predictions and projections
Assessments of impacts and vulnerabilities in support of adaptation and mitigation
Predictions and projections
Archive and access to data
Assessments (e.g. IPCC, Unified Synthesis Product)
Public outreach and communication
Issue-focused services (drought, LMR, coasts)
Risk analyses, hazard and early warnings
Regional applications, management tools, operational capability
Coordination and oversight
Products and services would include:
However, our expectation is that this list will evolve as the climate service partnership grows.
Bold = Indicates services NOAA’s is already providing in some capacity
Mission:Develop and deliver research, information, and services to enhance society's ability to understand, anticipate, mitigate, and adapt to climate variability and change
NCS Constituent Roundtables: Series of small, sector-specific roundtables to discuss need for a NCS and highlight NOAA’s role
Other engagements include
External review of draft NCS strategy (June 23-26, Vail, CO)
Broad external engagement will be central to the successful implementation of a National Climate Service
Analyze potential options against a set of principles and objectives developed by review team. Analysis will be performed by tiger teams (~8 people, diverse representation) and a coordinating committee.
Coordinating Committee Participants: