U.S. Climate Science Conference examines strategic plan



A major Bush administration conference on climate change science was widely praised for its efforts to help formulate a good research agenda pursuant to producing a final U.S. government science strategic plan by April 2003; and for promises to seriously consider suggestions from the scientific community about climate research priorities.

However, a number of scientists at the U.S. Climate Change Science Program workshop, which took place 3–5 December, said they are concerned about how the administration will eventually select priorities from among a broad array of climate research topics that some said resembled a “Santa's wish list;” and whether sufficient funding will be allocated in the present difficult budgetary environment.