Climate Research Committee

In June 2011, the Climate Research Committee (CRC) was merged into BASC.

The CRC was formed in 1981 to foster atmospheric, oceanic, and related research aimed at advancing knowledge and understanding of the physical climate system and forced climate change. Over time, the scope of the committee’s work expanded to include all aspects of the natural climate system, the scientific underpinnings and varied impacts of forced climate change, and options and strategies for responding to climate change. The CRC helped develop climate-related NRC studies; interacted with government agencies on scientific aspects of climate and climate change; served as the U.S. National Committee for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP); coordinated with other NRC entities involved in climate-related activities; and organized meetings and workshops to promote progress in climate research.


When it was a standing committee (until December 2010), , the CRC convened a number of forums focused on emerging issues of interest to the climate science and policy communities and was instrumental in developing several important NRC activities, including the America’s Climate Choices suite of activities, the study on Stabilization Targets for Greenhouse Gas Concentrations, and a study on short-term (intraseasonal to interannual) climate predictability. The CRC contributed to work by the Transportation Research Board, the Institute of Medicine, Board on International Scientific Organizations, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, and other units. CRC members and staff also engaged in a variety of community outreach activities, such as the development of the booklet Understanding and Responding to Climate Change: Highlights of the National Academies Reports, of which over 200,000 copies have been disseminated.

With the merger with into BASC, some CRC functions will be dropped (e.g., advice to the USGCRP and its working groups, as requested by the USGCRP) and others will be incorporated into BASC. Remaining functions include:

  • Ensuring that BASC stays abreast of and focuses attention on climate science issues of interest to US agencies and the science community.
  • Developing new NRC activities that serve the broad climate and climate-related research and user communities, ensuring they are well designed, include a diversity of expertise, and are carefully conducted.
  • Facilitating communication among the U.S. research community and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) (taking on the role of U.S. National Committee to WCRP). In this role BASC will continue to serve as a point of contact for the WCRP and act to facilitate communication among the WCRP, the U.S. climate research community, and agency leaders.

 

Past Meetings

June 8-9, 2011
Washington, DC
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November 18-19, 2010
Washington, DC
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April 27-28, 2010
Washington, DC
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  • Forum on the AMO and its Potential Influence on 20th Century Global Mean Temperature Trends


November 19-20, 2009
Washington, DC
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  • Update on U.S. Climate Modeling Experiments to be assessed in the IPCC AR5
  • Joint meeting with the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change (CHDGC)
  • WCRP-USGCRP-CRC Roundtable


May 27-28, 2009
Washington, DC
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  • Forum on Connecting the IPCC WG1 and WG2 Communities through Regional Climate Information


December 2-3, 2008
Washington, DC
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  • WCRP-CCSP-CRC Roundtable
  • Forum on Decadal Prediction


March 19-21, 2008
Boulder, CO
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  • Discussion on CCSP Workshop
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


November 5-6, 2007
Washington, DC
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  • WCRP-CCSP-CRC Roundtable
  • Forum on Extreme Events in a Changing Climate
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


May 16-17, 2007
Washington, DC
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  • Joint Forum (with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate) on Key Outstanding Questions and High-Priority Research Needs Emerging from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR4)
  • Joint Forum (with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate) on Seamless Prediction and Year of Tropical Convection
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


November 30 - December 1, 2006
Washington, DC
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  • WCRP Roundtable
  • CRC 25th Anniversary Dinner
  • Forum on Development of an Abrupt Climate Change Early Warning System
  • Joint discussions with the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate and the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change


March 22-23, 2006
Washington, DC
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  • Forum on Development of Integrated Earth System Analysis Capability
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


October 3-5, 2005
Washington, DC
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  • Multiple sessions on U.S. Involvement in WCRP
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


April 12-13, 2005
Washington, DC
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  • Joint discussion with the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • Joint discussion with the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate
  • Forum on Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Forecasts: Current Capabilities and Future Challenges


October 25-27, 2004
Washington, DC
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  • Forum on Characterizing and Communicating Climate Change Uncertainties
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities


April 7-9, 2004
Washington, DC
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  • Joint meeting with the Coordinating Committee on Global Change
  • Discussed current and developing CRC activities