Climate Program Office Review 2022
Purpose of the Review
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) conducts science reviews every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of the research and activities its laboratories and programs conduct and support. These reviews are also intended to ensure that OAR research is linked to NOAA’s mission and priorities, is of high quality as judged by preeminence criteria, and is carried out with a high level of performance.
The purpose of the Climate Program Office (CPO) review, which will be held virtually May 24-26, 2022, is to provide an independent, external assessment of the program, including its management structures, and to recommend strategic directions in key areas for CPO and for OAR. The review will assess the research and other science activities CPO funds, how CPO decides what types of research and science to support, and how CPO engages with the public and peer communities to communicate about its work. Read the Charge to Reviewers.
Activity Area 1: Earth System Science and Modeling
Advance understanding, modeling, prediction, and projection of the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, land, and cryosphere as an integrated system, including:
- Process studies and field campaigns
- Earth system observations and monitoring
- Predictability studies of climate phenomena
- Testing for transitions of R2O and R2A
- Improving model representations of key processes and prediction technologies
- Lead national assessments
- Applying Earth system and climate models to societally-relevant challenges
- Projecting future climate variability & change
- Coordinating joint federal research activities
Activity Area 2: Climate and Societal Interactions
Support societally relevant and interdisciplinary climate science focused on adaptation to reduce vulnerability and risk
- Identify opportunities for use of climate knowledge and information
- Enhance community resilience
- Connect innovative science to preparedness, adaptation and resilience challenges
- Lead regional and national assessments
- Support research that includes the private sector, NGOs, interdisciplinary teams and the social sciences at large
Activity Area 3: Communication Education and Engagement
- Promote awareness, appreciation, and support for CPO’s investments in climate science and services
- Promote public climate literacy and help people find and use NOAA’s maps, data, and information services through managing and maintaining Climate.gov
- Coordinate and support interagency efforts to help U.S. communities & businesses understand & manage their climate-related risks & opportunities, including building resilience to climate-related hazards through the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT)
Activity Area 4: Integrated Information Systems
CPO manages two IIS’s that are responsive to the increasing societal demand for climate information that is actionable, accessible, and equitable:
- The National Integrated Drought Information System( NIDIS ), established by Public Law (authorized in 2006 with updates in 2014 & 2019), helps the nation move to a proactive approach to understanding and managing drought risks and impacts.
- The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), which is emerging and getting Congressional attention, seeks to improve Federal, state and local planning, preparedness and response for extreme heat and its health impacts.
Activity Area 4: Risk Areas Initiative
Advance climate science and reduce impacts in key societal climate risk areas for which NOAA’s mission is well aligned.
The climate risk areas are currently:
- Coastal Inundation
- Marine Ecosystems
- Water Resources, and
- Extreme Heat
- increase cohesion across CPO
- strengthen partnerships inside and outside of NOAA
Activity Area 4: Assessments
The Assessments Program aims to improve our ability to understand, assess, anticipate, and respond to the impacts and vulnerabilities associated with environmental and climate change, primarily in the United States.
The Program supports climate assessments at national and regional scales.
Funding from the Assessments Program supports the development of the National Climate Assessments. The quadrennial National Climate Assessment is mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act.
Activity Area 5: Portfolio Management, Administration and Organizational Excellence
CPO aligns its portfolio against the science and service needs of NOAA, external stakeholders and partners, and balances its support across the R&D continuum from fundamental to applied R&D and research transitions to operations and applications.
- Ensure portfolio balance of competitively-based & directed research funding
- Implement budget formulation and execution, grants management, human resources, and property management
- Manage personnel actions, responses to grants and budget inquiries, domestic and international travel support, space planning, facilities support, and acquisition management
- Provide research and training opportunities to students and early career professionals at all levels
- Promote equal employment opportunities to an increasingly diverse talent pool in key mission areas
- Foster an inclusive office environment that embraces the diversity of its employees