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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Review of the Draft Climate Science Special Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24712.
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Appendix B
Statement of Task


A new ad hoc Committee will conduct an independent review of the Special Report on Climate Change Science, which will be available in late 2016 to early 2017. The Committee membership will be comprised of expertise in key areas of relevance to the Special Report, with some members drawn from the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Committee will conduct this review concurrent with the public review period for the Special Report and produce a report.

The review will provide an overall critique of the draft special report and address the following questions:

  • Are the goals, objectives and intended audience of the product clearly described in the document? Does the report meet its stated goals?
  • Does the report accurately reflect the scientific literature? Are there any critical content areas missing from the report?
  • Are the findings documented in a consistent, transparent, and credible way?
  • Are the report’s key messages and graphics clear and appropriate? Specifically, do they reflect supporting evidence, include an assessment of likelihood, and communicate effectively?
  • Are the data and analyses handled in a competent manner? Are statistical methods applied appropriately?
  • Are the document’s presentation, level of technicality, and organization effective?
  • What other significant improvements, if any, might be made in the document?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Review of the Draft Climate Science Special Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24712.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Review of the Draft Climate Science Special Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24712.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Review of the Draft Climate Science Special Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24712.
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The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is moving towards a sustained assessment process that allows for more fluid and consistent integration of scientific knowledge into the mandated quadrennial National Climate Assessment. As part of this process, the USGCRP is developing the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), a technical report that details the current state-of-science relating to climate change and its physical impacts. The CSSR is intended to focus on climate change in the United States and to inform future USGCRP products.

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