High-End Climate Science: Development of Modeling and Related Computing Capabilities
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE PROGRAM WASHINGTON DC
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In January 2000, the Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy OSTP asked Dr. Richard Rood of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA to form an ad hoc Working Group on Climate Modeling Implementation. The impetus for this request was the need to define and implement a strategy for climate modeling in the U.S. that responds to unmet National needs in climate prediction, climate-science research and climate-change assessment. The composition of the Working Group is given on the title page. There is a representative from each of the Agencies with a significant investment in global weather and climate modeling. The scientists in the Working Group have broad experience in climate and weather science, including atmospheric chemical modeling. In addition, the authors have experience in research and operational activities, high-end computing, and scientific and programmatic management. The Working Group also includes a sociologist who is expert in human systems and organizational change management. OSTP charged the Working Group to prepare a plan for climate modeling activities to serve as advice to OSTP and the US Global Change Research Program USGCRP. The Working Groups report High-End Climate Science Development of Modeling and Related Computing Capabilities is summarized below.