as much of U.S. CLIVAR depends on small and large group initiatives, which may appear to be difficult to penetrate for new investigators.
A final function of the USCPO is to support the U.S. CLIVAR’s oversight body, the NRC’s Climate Research Committee (CRC). The USCPO does this by providing the CRC with documents and briefing materialswhich generally are related to the CRC’s oversight of WCRP activitieswhen requested. For example, in 2002 the USCPO provided input to the CRC encouraging the formation of a U.S. CliC project office. The USCPO also coordinated the visit of the director of the WCRP, Dr. David Carson, to the United States in 2003, arranging meetings with the CRC and with Dr. James Mahoney, director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Although these requests have been very few, the USCPO does an adequate job of engaging the CRC when relevant and of supplying them with valuable information. In particular, the USCPO responses to requests for inputs for this review have been excellent.