satellite data that respond to the needs of the climate science community as well as policy makers and other stakeholders, utilize the best scientific practices in the creation of CDRs, and are properly archived and disseminated to the user community.


This report is organized into six chapters. The following chapter (Chapter 2) discusses lessons learned from previous attempts at creating climate-quality data that NOAA should consider in developing its plan. Based on the historical lessons, committee expertise, community surveys, and the workshop, Chapter 3 outlines the key elements needed for a successful CDR generation program, beginning with identification of an appropriate organizational framework, continuing with suggested steps for creating the CDRs, and ending with comments on sustaining the program. Since data management is an integral component of the CDR legacy left to the next generation, Chapter 4 provides comments on data storage, archiving, and dissemination. Finally, with a realization that creating effective CDRs for every possible variable is a task that NOAA could never hope to achieve alone, Chapter 5 discusses the importance of partnerships. Chapter 6 summarizes the committee’s recommendations, beginning with an overarching recommendation and six supporting recommendations.

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