Friday, January 31, 2003

9:00- 10:30

Discussion Panel: Meeting the Needs of the User Community

• What are the various uses for which the concept of climate sensitivity is applied?

• What climate response metrics could be developed for these various applications?

• What do the users find deficient with the information that science currently provides; what do they want science to do better?

• How meaningful is the concept of climate sensitivity, as currently defined, for climate change risk assessment studies? Are there other possible approaches to characterizing climate response that might be more useful for policy-relevant analyses?

Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan; Tom Wigley, NCAR


Closing Session

• Review and integrate lessons learned in the various panel discussions.

• Discuss key information needs and research priorities.

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