National Climate Indicator System & Understandability ?>

National Climate Indicator System & Understandability

Project Title: CICS: Research, Development and Implementation of Physical, Ecological, and Societal Climate Change, Impact, Vulnerability, and Preparedness Indicators for the United States

 

Indicators are essential elements of climate information systems; they provide information, both to inform understanding and adaptation and mitigation decisions, to a range of different audiences. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a number of monitoring, observation, and indicator efforts that provide critical insights and are integrated into information systems (e.g., National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS; www.drought.gov)). These NOAA initiatives are relevant to a national scale effort to develop an interagency indicator system for the U.S. Global Change Program (USGCRP, described below. Given the benefits of indicators to NOAA, USGCRP, and the National Climate Assessment (NCA), it is critical to understand and test the extent to which NOAA and other federal agency indicator efforts and the development of additional indicators that would support ongoing NOAA information systems could additionally add value to a national interagency indicator platform.

 

Funders: This project is funded by the Climate Program Office (CPO) from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

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