• Traditional university roles of research, education, and outreach, much of which may be funded by federal research and development agencies and state governments.

  • Research, data compilation and analysis, and product development, sometimes administered as part of a hybrid academic /government culture (e.g., the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/University Cooperative Research Institutes, and offices of state climatologists).

  • Research, data compilation and analysis, and product development in partnership with industry (including technology commercialization) that also fulfill the research, education, and outreach mission of academe.

BASC provides these principles for consideration in future climate service organizations, whether they are entirely new organizations or a refocusing or realigning of existing organizations. BASC believes that these best practices, if applied universally, could improve the provision of climate services to the nation.

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