The participants of the first annual U.S. Climate Modeling Summit (USCMS), held February 11, 2015, have published a report describing key outcomes from the summit, including an outline of a common vision and unique roles for each of the country’s six premier climate modeling centers. This report, published online on April 26th 2015, constitutes the first step toward the development of a national strategic roadmap for climate modeling that would enhance and leverage the strengths of each modeling center, thereby advancing predictions and projections for a more weather- and climate-ready public.
The USCMS was convened by the USGCRP Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling (IGIM) and hosted by NOAA’s Climate Program Office, co-chair of the IGIM, at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD. The USCMS brought together leads from the Nation’s major climate model development groups to enhance strategic planning, communication, and organization toward a common national climate modeling strategy. An additional objective was to facilitate communication with the broader modeling community and interested users on important cross-cutting issues. Six leading national climate modeling groups, including those from OAR’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction, were represented. Participants from other Federal agencies including the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency also attended.
To view the USCMS report, go to: http://www.globalchange.gov/sites/globalchange/files/USCMS_Report_Final-v3-clean_df.pdf
More information can be found at: http://www.globalchange.gov/news/modeling-summit-bridges-weather-and-climate-research-and-operations