applications independent of the government program managers, may be a major contributing factor to many of the shortcomings outlined throughout this review.

Recommendations to Improve Chapter 10 of the Plan

  • Membership of the GAPP Science Advisory Group should include persons who have no current direct participation in GAPP science activities as well as those who represent the water resources community.

  • The synthesis products in the plan should be better described in terms of metrics or specifications of terms for completion and an actual roadmap for implementation of each.

  • Each synthesis product should result in a document or publication specifically describing and quantifying GAPP-supported progress in the area and, where appropriate, its beneficial impact on end users, target communities, or other interested parties.

  • Serious consideration should be given to enhanced scientific and applications project coordination and management for GAPP, or more broadly for GEWEX in the United States, that is independent of the government program managers, along the lines of what is already in place for U.S. CLIVAR.

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