CLIVAR project based on their mission objectives; and (3) stimulating collaboration between U.S. CLIVAR and its sister organizations, such as the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX).

ADDITIONAL FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS PERTAINING TO THE CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE U.S. CLIVAR PROJECT OFFICE1

U.S. CLIVAR Project Development

  • The committee anticipates that U.S. CLIVAR will work with International CLIVAR in assessing data management needs, and the USCPO should remain active in this discussion.

  • In the wake of the successful First International CLIVAR Science Conference held in June 2004, the co-chairs of the International CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group intend to produce a document summarizing the key themes that emerged and outlining their vision for corresponding International and U.S. CLIVAR research. The USCPO should encourage this activity and provide support for producing it.

Staffing for the U.S. Scientific Steering Committee

  • Although the interaction between the SSC and IAG seems to be working well, largely due to the capabilities of the USCPO Director, Dr. David Legler, there should be more direct communication between the SSC co-chairs and IAG members on issues such as scientific prioritization.

  • Although Dr. Legler is to be commended for his unfailing diligence and hard work, the SSC and IAG should provide more input to him on prioritization of USCPO time and resources, especially given the USCPO’s limited staffing resources. Dr. Legler also should be conscientious about prioritizing his time and declining tasks for which the USCPO does not have the resources to undertake.

Support for the U.S. CLIVAR Interagency Group

  • The USCPO should continue taking an active role in identifying gaps in the U.S. CLIVAR project and working with the IAG to find ways to fill them.

  • An effort should be made to promote more active involvement between NASA and U.S. CLIVAR science. NASA IAG members and the SSC must actively work together if this effort is to be successful, and the USCPO should actively participate as the intermediary to increase the chance of success. The USCPO should assist the NASA IAG members with gathering and providing information to NASA management that demonstrates the connections between NASA’s mission and U.S. CLIVAR’s objectives. For example, the USCPO should coordinate documentation of key achievements that were a direct result of satellite data provided by NASA archives. This type of effort should be extended to all the IAG agencies; this will provide them with necessary information that the agency representatives can use to report to their upper management to advertise the utility and success of the U.S. CLIVAR project.

  • If, as expected, U.S. CLIVAR becomes more actively involved in anthropogenic climate change research, then the USCPO should make it a priority to communicate to DOE and the SSC the opportunities this poses to potentially establish a future relationship between DOE and U.S. CLIVAR.

  • To facilitate better tracking of meeting U.S. CLIVAR objectives and to increase awareness about the U.S. CLIVAR project, NOAA and NSF should identify their programs that contribute to meeting U.S. CLIVAR objectives as “U.S. CLIVAR-related,” and they should convey this information to recipients of

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These findings and recommendations are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 2 of the report.



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