Studies review options to improve U.S. climate modeling capabilities


  • Randy Showstack


Two new studies—one being issued later this year, and one recently provided to an office of the White House—respond to concerns that the United States is lagging behind other countries in some aspects of climate modeling.

The first, a study by the National Research Council's (NRC) Panel on Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling, is a follow-up to a 1998 NRC report, “Capacity of U.S. Climate Modeling to Support Climate Change Assessment Activities.” A first draft of the report—requested by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)—already has been completed.