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Improving the effectiveness of U.S. climate modeling

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We increasingly understand the consequences of climate variability and the impacts on society. This text describes ways to improve the efficiency of the US climate modelling enterprise.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling.
ISBN: 0309072573 9780309072571
OCLC Number: 47067629
Description: xiv, 128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Questioning The Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling 9 --
2. Climate Models, Observations, And Computer Architectures 13 --
2.1 Model Construction 13 --
2.2 Observations and Climate Models 15 --
2.3 Purposes of Climate Modeling 19 --
2.4 Computer Architectures in Support of Climate Modeling 20 --
3. State Of U.S. Climate Modeling 29 --
3.1 Models 29 --
3.2 Computing 31 --
3.3 Human Resources 40 --
3.4 The Higher-End Centers 40 --
3.5 Organizational Background 41 --
3.6 Summary of High-End Capabilities in the United States 42 --
4. Increased Societal Demands on U.S. Modeling 43 --
4.1 Ozone Assessments 43 --
4.2 IPCC 44 --
4.3 U.S. National Assessment 45 --
4.4 Seasonal-to-Interannual Forecasting 48 --
4.5 Decadal and Longer Variability 49 --
5. Responding to Climate Modeling Requirments 51 --
5.1 Computational Resources Required 51 --
5.2 Will Massively Parallel Architectures Satisfy Our Needs? 55 --
5.3 The Need for Centralized Facilities and Operations 58 --
5.4 Fostering Cooperation With a Common Modeling Infrastructure 58 --
5.5 Human Resources 62 --
5.6 Need for Climate Services and Management Issues 63 --
5.7 Rewarding the Transition Within the Research Community 65 --
5.8 Providing the Best Possible Service to an Informed Public 66 --
6. Improving The Effectiveness Of U.S. Climate Modeling 69 --
7. A Vision For The Future 75 --
7.1 Climate Research and Climate Operations 76 --
7.2 Mutual Interactions and Mutual Benefits Between Climate Research and Climate Operations 76 --
7.3 From Vision to Reality 80 --
B Capacity Of U.S. Climate Modeling To Support Climate Change Assessment Activities 90 --
E Climate Modeling Survey: Summary Responses 105.
Responsibility: Panel on Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, National Research Council.

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