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18. U.S. CLIVAR SCIENTIFIC STEERING COMMITTEE Terms of Reference Calling upon the U.S. scientific and technical atmospheric, oceanographic, and climate communities for assistance, the U.S. CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee should: (1) Provide overall scientific and programmatic guidance to ensure that U.S. CLIVAR progresses towards achieving its scientific objectives using individual experts or expert groups as necessary. (2) Develop and update as needed an implementation strategy to prioritize and sequence U.S. CLIVAR activities, and comment on agency implementation of the U.S. CLIVAR Program. (3) Promote balance within the various elements (theory, modeling, empirical studies, long-term observations, and field campaigns) of the program and identify scientific gaps. (4) Work with the funding agencies to ensure that U.S. CLIVAR activities are coordinated with international CLIVAR activities and other USGCRP elements. (5) Provide oversight and coordination of and guidance to U.S. CLIVAR working groups. (6) In consultation with other advisory bodies, provide advice for the effective transition of sustained observations initiated during CLIVAR to operational entities after they have demonstrated their usefulness for climate predictions. (7) Keeps the NRC/CRC appraised of the status of US CLIVAR and acts as U.S. liaison to the International CLIVAR SSC. (8) Provide oversight of and guidance to the U.S. CLIVAR Project Office and its director (if applicable).
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(9) Keep the research community and the general public appraised of on-going activities and achievements of CLIVAR, e.g., briefings at major conferences, overview articles, and media briefings. The SSC reports to the CLIVAR Interagency Group through the U.S. Global Change Research Program Office. Membership: 3-year terms, renewable only once.
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