Appendix A
Questionnaire Results

In conducting its review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office (USCPO), the committee wanted to solicit input from as many people in the atmospheric and climate communities as possible; thus, it developed a questionnaire. With 26 primarily multiple choice questions, the committee requested of each respondent his or her (1) demographic information; (2) assessment of the USCPO’s performance in the areas of communication and publications, program support, and international and national coordination; and (3) general thoughts about the utility and efficacy of the USCPO.

The questionnaire was posted on a National Academies web page for two weeks. Over 800 people were contacted by email and asked to respond to the web-based questionnaire, including (1) recipients of the U.S. CLIVAR newsletter, (2) current and past U.S. CLIVAR panel and working group members, (3) attendees of past U.S. CLIVAR workshops, (4) U.S. registrants of the First International CLIVAR Science Conference held in June 2004, and (5) the heads and chairs of atmospheric science departments at U.S. universities. The committee received over 160 anonymous responses in that two-week period; they are summarized below.

DEMOGRAPHICS

 

Question

Response

Percentage of Total Responses

Q1:

Please describe your educational background by selecting the box that indicates your highest completed education.

High school/GED

0%

Some college

0%

2-year College Degree

0%

(Number of responses = 162)

4-year College Degree

4%

MA/MS

7%

PhD

88%

MD

1%

JD

0%

Other

1%

Q2:

Please classify your employer.

Federal government

21%

(Number of responses = 160)

State/provincial government

1%

Local government

0%

Corporation

1%



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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office Appendix A Questionnaire Results In conducting its review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office (USCPO), the committee wanted to solicit input from as many people in the atmospheric and climate communities as possible; thus, it developed a questionnaire. With 26 primarily multiple choice questions, the committee requested of each respondent his or her (1) demographic information; (2) assessment of the USCPO’s performance in the areas of communication and publications, program support, and international and national coordination; and (3) general thoughts about the utility and efficacy of the USCPO. The questionnaire was posted on a National Academies web page for two weeks. Over 800 people were contacted by email and asked to respond to the web-based questionnaire, including (1) recipients of the U.S. CLIVAR newsletter, (2) current and past U.S. CLIVAR panel and working group members, (3) attendees of past U.S. CLIVAR workshops, (4) U.S. registrants of the First International CLIVAR Science Conference held in June 2004, and (5) the heads and chairs of atmospheric science departments at U.S. universities. The committee received over 160 anonymous responses in that two-week period; they are summarized below. DEMOGRAPHICS   Question Response Percentage of Total Responses Q1: Please describe your educational background by selecting the box that indicates your highest completed education. High school/GED 0% Some college 0% 2-year College Degree 0% (Number of responses = 162) 4-year College Degree 4% MA/MS 7% PhD 88% MD 1% JD 0% Other 1% Q2: Please classify your employer. Federal government 21% (Number of responses = 160) State/provincial government 1% Local government 0% Corporation 1%

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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office     Small business 1%     University/college 58%     Research laboratory 13%     Non-governmental organization 4%     Self-employed 1%     Student 1%     Other 0% Q3: Please indicate which of the following best describes your level of employment. Director 6% Manager 7% Administrative 1% (Number of responses = 162) Principal researcher 38% Professor 35% Postdoctoral 6% Graduate student 4% Other 4% Q4: Please indicate your country of residence. USA 91% (Number of responses = 162) Other 9% Q5: Please indicate if you had or currently have a formal role in U.S. CLIVAR as a member of the following groups. Inter-Agency Group 22% Scientific Steering Committee 24% Pacific Implementation Panel 17% (Number of responsesa, b = 46) Atlantic Implementation Panel 9% Pan American Implementation Panel 13% SIMAP 2% U.S. PAGES/CLIVAR Working Group 2% Asian-Australian Monsoon Working Group 7% CLIVAR-SEARCH Working Group 4% Q6: Please indicate if you had or currently have a formal role (i.e., steering groups, project offices, science panels) in any of the following World Climate Research Program activities. International CLIVAR 30% GEWEX 17% CliC 3% SPARC 5% SOLAS 5% (Number of responsesa, b = 88) WOCE 22%

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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office     TOGA 19% Q7: Please indicate which of the three International CLIVAR streams that your research falls into, if any. GOALS 48% DecCen 35% (Number of responsesa, b = 225) ACC 18% a Number of responses equals the total number of responses minus the number of “not applicable” responses. b Respondents were allowed to select more than one option in response to this statement. ASSESSMENT OF THE U.S. CLIVAR PROJECT OFFICE     Yes No Total number of responses Q8: I am aware of the existence of the U.S. CLIVAR program. 99% 1% 162 Q9: I am aware of the existence of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office. 96% 4% 161 Q10: I receive or have received the CLIVAR newsletters and/or email newsgrams 78% 22% 160

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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office     Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree Number of responsesa Q11: The USCPO is communicating appropriate content (i.e., the range of topics) about CLIVAR. 28% 47% 20% 4% 1% 152 Q12: The USCPO is using appropriate media (e.g., the Web, email) to communicate information about CLIVAR. 32% 44% 20% 4% 0% 158 Q13: The USCPO is communicating information about CLIVAR activities in a timely manner. 25% 42% 28% 5% 0% 153 Q14: CLIVAR-related publications (e.g. scientific plans, status and workshop reports) are easily accessible. 26% 42% 24% 7% 1% 157 Q15: Information about CLIVAR-related events such as workshops and/or conferences is easily accessible. 29% 49% 17% 4% 1% 159 Q16b: What additional means and/or types of information would you like the USCPO to employ or to disseminate about CLIVAR and CLIVAR-related activities?            

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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office Q17: CLIVAR-related workshops and/or conferences planned by the USCPO are well organized. 40% 39% 17% 4% 0% 140 Q18: The USCPO is effective and prompt with its coordination of travel support for U.S CLIVAR representatives. 38% 26% 34% 1% 0% 73 Q19: The USCPO adequately supports the U.S. Scientific Steering Committee and its various panels. 27% 37% 33% 4% 0% 83 Q20: The USCPO adequately represents U.S. CLIVAR interests to the International CLIVAR Project Office. 22% 36% 38% 4% 0% 98 Q21: The USCPO is effective at organizing the U.S. component of CLIVAR-related international conferences. 32% 32% 32% 3% 0% 117 Q22: The USCPO is effective at organizing the U.S. component of CLIVAR-related field programs. 14% 38% 38% 8% 3% 111 Q23: The existence of the USCPO has enhanced my research and interaction with CLIVAR-related activities. 18% 34% 28% 15% 4% 136

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Review of the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office Q24: The USCPO compares favorably with other organizations that have a similar type of program. 23% 30% 42% 4% 2% 130 Q25: The USCPO is effective at facilitating interagency climate research and joint funding. 13% 34% 34% 17% 2% 122 Q26: There are structural impediments that prevent the USCPO from being more effective. 8% 22% 55% 14% 1% 103 a Number of responses equals the total number of responses minus the number of “not applicable” responses. b Question 16 was an open-ended question and did not have multiple choice responses. The text of the question is included here so the reader is aware that this question was asked, but the anonymous responses to this question are not included.