Example Metrics


• Are the analysis and assessment methods well documented, and is the work published in the peer-reviewed literature?

• Are the analysis and assessment capabilities adequate to analyze climate scenarios, including the following:

—An ability to handle multiple gases, multiple sectors, and all regions of the world

—The capacity to link emissions scenarios to climate outcomes

—The capability to assess a range of policy proposals and estimate their cost

—The capability to analyze uncertainty in emissions, climate outcomes, and policy cost


• Accepted proposals for domestic emissions control measures


• Program results are reflected in U.S. government climate policy, international forums (including the IPCC), and/or public discussion of the issue

• The United States is adequately and appropriately prepared for international climate change negotiations


The process, input, output, outcome, and impact metrics developed for the case studies that appear here and in Chapter 5 are grouped in Tables B.9 through B.13 to facilitate comparison and show how the general metrics (Box 6.1) arose.

TABLE B.9 Process Metrics for All Case Studies


Example Metrics


Solar Forcing

• Is there a plan for continuous measurement of other climate variables related to solar irradiance to enable discernment and quantification of the physical, chemical, and biological links between solar irradiance changes and climate?

• Is a plan for periodic five-year review of solar measurements available that includes the following:

—Are the measurements being made with sufficient precision and accuracy?

—Are the measurement plans robust with respect to the requirements for continuity and/or calibration?

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