PSD Hosts CCSP Product Development Committee Open Meeting

June 19, 2007

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory's Physical Sciences Division (PSD) will host an open meeting June 25-27, 2007 in Boulder, CO for the Climate Change Science Program's (CCSP) Product Development Committee for Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.3. The purpose of the meeting is to review, recommend and make changes to a report drafted by the committee, entitled "Re-Analysis of Historical Climate Data for Key Atmospheric Features: Implications for Attribution of Causes of Observed Change." The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30-minute public comment period on Monday. PSD involvement includes Randall Dole who is the lead NOAA agency representative and chair for the report, and Martin Hoerling who is convening lead author for a chapter on attribution.

CCSP is a federally sponsored program that was developed to integrate federal research on climate and global change. The Product Development Committee for Synthesis and Assessment Product is the Federal Advisory Committee charged with developing a report to provide a synthesis and assessment of the current state-of-science, and address the strengths and limitations of re-analysis products. It also describes significant remaining uncertainties in descriptions and understanding of the climate system.

The report is intended to be useful for policymakers in identifying the current state of knowledge with respect to our ability to describe and attribute causes of climate variations and change; for users of reanalysis products in better understanding the strengths and limitations of these products; and for program managers in developing priorities for future observing, modeling, and analysis systems required to advance national and international efforts in reanalysis and attribution.

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