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Appendix C
CRC Climate Modeling Workshop Invitation and Agenda

Dear Friends of the Climate Research Committee:

The Climate Research Committee (CRC) of the National Research Council (NRC) and the Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program invite you to participate on 11 and 12 June 1996 in a discussion of the Quality and Infrastructure of Climate Modeling in the United States. This discussion is being held in Washington, D.C. as part of a meeting of the CRC. Representatives of the federal agencies that support climate modeling are expected to attend this meeting. Those federal representatives, as they allocate resources and organize the government's support of climate modeling, are greatly interested in the thoughts of the scientific community involved in climate modeling. The CRC will also use this discussion as it prepares recommendations to the federal agencies and to the research community of the future of climate modeling. The agenda of the complete meeting follows this



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Page 39 Appendix C CRC Climate Modeling Workshop Invitation and Agenda Dear Friends of the Climate Research Committee: The Climate Research Committee (CRC) of the National Research Council (NRC) and the Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program invite you to participate on 11 and 12 June 1996 in a discussion of the Quality and Infrastructure of Climate Modeling in the United States. This discussion is being held in Washington, D.C. as part of a meeting of the CRC. Representatives of the federal agencies that support climate modeling are expected to attend this meeting. Those federal representatives, as they allocate resources and organize the government's support of climate modeling, are greatly interested in the thoughts of the scientific community involved in climate modeling. The CRC will also use this discussion as it prepares recommendations to the federal agencies and to the research community of the future of climate modeling. The agenda of the complete meeting follows this

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Page 40 message. We are working hard to ensure a broad spectrum of scientists involved in all aspects of climate modeling at this meeting and believe that your perspective can provide a valuable contribution to the discussions. We look forward to seeing you. Sincerely, William Sprigg Director Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

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Page 41 Agenda of Climate Modeling Workshop TUESDAY, 11 JUNE Executive Session 7:30 a.m. Breakfast available in room and refectory 8:00 a.m. Executive session Eric Barron, chair 11:30 a.m. Lunch in refectory Public Session The Quality and Infrastructure of Climate Modeling in the United States Climate modeling is a large complex enterprise. It requires modeling not only the atmosphere, but also modeling of conditions at the lower boundary involving the oceans, land surface (especially vegetation), surface hydrology, cryosphere, and sources of atmospheric constituents (such as carbon dioxide, methane, aerosols, and CFCs). Observational data must be obtained, assimilated, and archived. Model development and access must be managed. Model output must be archived, made available, and analyzed. This study session, sponsored by the NRC and the USGCRP, will examine ways to improve the quality and infrastructure of climate modeling in the United States. 12:30 p.m. Introduction to session and review of the agenda Tom Karl, chair 12:40 p.m. The impetus for this discussion of climate modeling Mike MacCracken 12:50 p.m. What issues related to the quality and infrastructure of climate modeling face the federal agencies (especially those participating in the Interagency Modeling and Prediction Working Group)

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Page 42   IMAP WG representative 1:10 p.m. What issues face the scientific community related to the quality and structure of climate modeling? How should the CRC address the issues facing both the federal agencies and the scientific community? Tom Karl 1:40 p.m. Self introductions around the room. Participants will be asked for a few words on what they would like to see as the results of this meeting. 2:00 p.m. Summary of the major areas of agreement and disagreement in responses to the questionnaire on modeling from the USGCRP V. Krishnamurthy 2:20 p.m. The key conclusions and response to the General Accounting Office report on “Global Warming: Limitations of General Circulation Models and the Costs of Modeling Efforts” GAO representative 2:30 p.m. Break 2:50 p.m. What are the strengths and weaknesses of climate modeling in the United States? What impediments are there to improving the U.S. modeling effort? 3:20 p.m. How does the U.S. climate modeling effort compare to modeling efforts in other countries? 3:50 p.m. What steps should federal agencies take to improve the quality and usefulness of climate models? 4:20 p.m. What steps should the scientific community take to improve the quality and usefulness of climate models? 4:50 p.m. Review of plans for Wednesday Tom Karl 5:00 p.m. Adjourn for day

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Page 43 7:30 p.m. Working dinner for session chair, discussion leaders, and invited guests WEDNESDAY, 12 JUNE 8:00 a.m. Breakfast available in room or refectory   Continuation of discussion on the “Quality and Infrastructure of Climate Modeling in the United States” 8:30 a.m. Developing consensus recommendations for improving the climate modeling effort in the United States Tom Karl, chair 8:40 a.m. agencies? What should the CRC recommend to the federal 10:20 a.m. Break 10:40 a.m. What should the CRC recommend to the scientific community? 12:20 p.m. Summary Tom Karl 12:40 p.m. Lunch in refectory 1:40 p.m. Depending on the level of agreement reached in the morning session, the discussion will continue or the CRC will meet in executive session to begin preparation of a report on the results of the session on the quality and infrastructure of climate modeling in the United States. 2:30 p.m. Break 2:50 p.m. Executive Session 4:00 p.m. Adjourn meeting

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