Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

New NRC report calls for improved U.S. climate modeling strategy



A coordinated national strategy in the United States for climate modeling is essential, states a recent report by the Climate Research Committee (CRC) of the National Research Council. The report draws a number of significant conclusions regarding the state of the country's high-end climate modeling, and, in conjunction with better coordination, addresses resource availability and the prioritization of advanced modeling.

The CRC report contains two major findings. First, although individual federal agencies may have established well-defined priorities for climate modeling research, no integrated national strategy exists to focus U.S. climate modeling efforts. These efforts include the broad objectives of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the needs for comprehensive contributions to the science base of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, and the wide-ranging needs of the scientific community No coordinated mechanism exists for prioritizing these needs or ensuring that these priorities are adequately addressed.