CPO-funded researcher authors: "Building an integrated U.S. National Climate Indicators System"

  • 16 March 2016
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CPO-funded researcher Dr. Melissa Kenney was the lead author on a paper published in the journal Climatic Change. The paper “Building an integrated U.S. National Climate Indicators System,” appeared in the March 2016 issue of the journal. 

Abstract:

During the development of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, an indicators system was recommended as a foundational product to support a sustained assessment process. The development of this system, which we call the National Climate Indicators System (NCIS), has been an important early product of a sustained assessment process. In this paper, we describe the scoping and development of recommendations and prototypes for the NCIS, with the expectation that the process and lessons learned will be useful to others developing suites of indicators. Key factors of initial success are detailed, as well as a robust vision and decision criteria for future development; we also provide suggestions for voluntary support of the broader scientific community, and for funding priorities, including a research team to coordinate and prototype the indicators, system, and process. Moving forward, sufficient coordination and scientific expertise to implement and maintain the NCIS, as well as creation of a structure for scientific input from the broader community, will be crucial to its success.

This research was developed as a result of a NOAA Climate Program Office grants NA09NES4400006 and NA14NES4320003 (Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-CICS) at the University of Maryland/ESSIC.

Access the report: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1609-1/fulltext.html

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