Decadal Survey Recommendation NASA’s Response (2009)a NASA Update (2011)b
 

Specific foci of the solicitation included Integrated studies of weather and climate emphasizing the role of weather in the climate system through the use of multiparameter observations from satellites to evaluate and characterize (i.e., validate) model simulations, coupled model investigations designed to examine the representation of Earth system processes spanning a continuum of time and space scales associated with weather and climate, development of climate information from numerical simulations that can be applied at spatial and temporal scales suitable for increasing society’s resilience to climate change and development of climate change adaptation strategies, development of innovative ways to apply Observation System Simulation Experiments to climate prediction and the future design of space-based observing systems, investigations using the Modern Era Retrospective- analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) reanalysis data, Ice Sheet Modeling to incorporate ice streams into the interior ice sheet with particular emphasis on the Greenland outflow glaciers and their coupling with the interior, Atmospheric Chemistry Hindcast investigations forcing Chemistry and Transport Models (CTMs) with multiyear meteorological fields derived from global reanalysis systems, and Advanced Model Dynamics and Numerics investigations of grids and fluid dynamical formulations that support high resolution simulation of the Earth’s climate.

The call resulted in 52 investigations being selected, most for a period of 4 years. (p. 12)

The solicitation included Integrated studies of weather and climate emphasizing the role of weather in the climate system through the use of multiparameter observations from satellites to evaluate and characterize (i.e., validate) model simulations, coupled model investigations designed to examine the representation of Earth system processes spanning a continuum of time and space scales associated with weather and climate, development of climate information from numerical simulations that can be applied at spatial and temporal scales suitable for increasing society’s resilience to climate change and development of climate change adaptation strategies, development of innovative ways to apply Observation System Simulation Experiments to climate prediction and the future design of space-based observing systems, investigations using the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) reanalysis data, Ice Sheet Modeling to incorporate ice streams into the interior ice sheet with particular emphasis on the Greenland outflow glaciers and their coupling with the interior, Atmospheric Chemistry Hindcast investigations forcing Chemistry and Transport Models (CTMs) with multiyear meteorological fields derived from global reanalysis systems, and Advanced Model Dynamics and Numerics investigations of grids and fluid dynamical formulations that support high resolution simulation of the Earth’s climate.

The call resulted in 52 investigations being selected, most for a period of 4 years. (pp. 34-35)

Recommendation: A formal interagency planning and review process should be put into place that focuses on effectively implementing the recommendations made in the present decadal survey report and sustaining and building an Earth knowledge and information system for the next decade and beyond. (p. 15)

No formal, comprehensive interagency process focused on the decadal survey has been put into place. Details of ongoing relevant activities are discussed at the regular (quarterly) NASA-NOAA Roundtable meetings co-chaired by ESD and NESDIS. (p. 12)

No formal, comprehensive interagency process focused on the decadal survey has been put into place.

Details of ongoing relevant activities are discussed at the regular (quarterly) NASA-NOAA Roundtable/Joint Working Group meetings co-chaired by ESD and NESDIS.

ESD, JASD, and USGS hold similar periodic bilateral coordination meetings (~3/year). (p. 36)

   


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