can help to ensure success if it involves scientists with a vested interest in CDRs, finds committed people to generate the CDRs, develops technical and science support for broad involvement, and creates teams that are reviewed and renewed regularly, consisting of NOAA personnel, outside scientists, industry, and others. The following elements lay out a framework of responsibilities that should be accomplished and the kinds of groups needed for each role. The committee believes that the following 14 elements will help NOAA to create a successful CDR program.

1: A high-level leadership council within NOAA is needed to oversee the process of creating climate data records from satellite data.

A leadership council of NOAA management personnel would receive input from the climate research community and other stakeholders through an advisory council of internationally recognized climate experts and would have the authority to approve plans and commit resources to generate the CDRs. The leadership council would adopt responsibility for overall stewardship of the CDR program, determining whether the FDCRs and TCDRs are effective and if not, working with partners to correct problems.

2: An advisory council is needed to provide input to the process on behalf of the climate research community and other stakeholders.

An advisory council would advise the leadership council concerning the generation of CDRs. The function of the advisory council would be to

  • recommend and prioritize the variables that are developed into TCDRs;

  • oversee the calibration of FCDRs and validation of TCDRs;

  • evaluate proposed new TCDRs and refinements of existing TCDRs as measurement capabilities improve or scientific insights change over time;

  • review the utility and acceptance of TCDRs and recommend the elimination of those that are not successful; and

  • review and oversee NOAA’s stewardship of the CDR program.

Members of the advisory council should include participants from within NOAA, other federal agencies, academia, and industry. Given the importance of the advisory council, compensation for their services would be appropriate. Respondents to the community survey and attendees at the



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