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Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space - Panel on Climate Variability and Change: Seasonal to Centennial


Project Scope:

The National Research Council will appoint an ad hoc committee and supporting panels to carry out a decadal survey in Earth Science and Applications from Space.  The study will generate recommendations from the environmental monitoring and Earth science and applications communities for an integrated and sustainable approach to the conduct of the U.S. government’s civilian space-based Earth-system science programs.  

The Panel on Climate Variability and Change: Seasonal to Centennial will address Earth System Science and application goals related to understanding forcings and feedbacks of the ocean, atmosphere, land, and cryosphere within the coupled climate system.  The panel will report its findings to the Decadal Survey steering committee.

The survey’s prioritization of research activities will be based on the committee’s consideration of identified science priorities; broad national operational observation priorities as identified in U.S. government policy, law, and international agreements (for example, the 2014 National Plan for Civil Earth Observation) and the relevant appropriation and authorization acts governing NASA, NOAA, and USGS; cost and technical readiness; the likely emergence of new technologies; the role of supporting activities such as in situ measurements; computational infrastructure for modeling, data assimilation, and data management; and opportunities to leverage related activities including consideration of interagency cooperation and international collaboration.  The survey committee will work with NASA, NOAA, and USGS to understand agency expectations of future budget allocations and design its recommendations based on budget scenarios relative to those expectations.  The committee may also consider scenarios that account for higher or lower than anticipated allocations.

During this study, the committee’s primary cross-cutting tasks will be:

1.        Assess progress in addressing the major scientific and application challenges outlined in the 2007 Earth Science Decadal Survey.

2.        Develop a prioritized list of top-level science and application objectives to guide space-based Earth observations over a 10-year period commencing approximately at the start of fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017).

3.        Identify gaps and opportunities in the programs of record at NASA, NOAA, and USGS in pursuit of the top-level science and application challenges-- including space-based opportunities that provide both sustained and experimental observations.   

4.        Recommend approaches to facilitate the development of a robust, resilient, and appropriately balanced U.S. program of Earth observations from space. 

In addition the committee will conduct the following agency-specific tasks:

5.        Recommend NASA research activities to advance Earth system science and applications by means of a set of prioritized strategic “science targets” for the space-based observation opportunities in the decade 2018-2027.  (A science target in this instance comprises a set of science objectives that could be pursued and significantly advanced by means of a space-based observation.)  The prioritization process will begin with the committee identifying the critical measurement capabilities associated with the science target.  For each science target, the committee will then identify a set of objectives and measurement requirements/capabilities for space-based data acquisitions.  If appropriate and usually only for recommendations associated with major investments, the committee will (via a Cost and Technical Evaluation “CATE” process) assemble notional proof-of-concept missions with the recommended capabilities in order to better understand the top-level scientific performance and technical risk options associated with mission development and execution.  In addition:

a.    The committee will carry out its prioritization with a view towards minimizing mission development and acquisition costs and maximizing the role of competition in implementing flight recommendations.    

b.    For each science target, the committee will establish the context, criteria, and justifications for its recommended prioritization, and identify scientific and/or programmatic developments of sufficient significance that they would warrant reexamination of the committee’s recommendation.

c.    The prioritization process will include reconsideration of the scientific priorities associated with the named missions from 2007 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey.

d.    In considering budget scenarios for NASA, the committee may consider scenarios that account for higher or lower than anticipated allocations.  For NASA, the committee’s recommendations will also include guidance on how to rebalance programs upon failure of one or more of the criteria/assumptions underpinning a mission recommendation.

e.    The committee may also identify potential interagency and international synergies; proposed augmentations to planned international missions; and adjustments to U.S. missions planned, but not yet implemented.

f.     The committee may comment on technology investments; new areas of research emphasis; or suborbital, ground, or in situ activities.

6.        For NASA, the committee will pay particular attention to prioritizing and recommending balances among the full suite of Earth system science research, technology development, flight mission development and operation, and applications/capacity building development conducted in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of the Science Mission Directorate.  In particular, while making clear its assumptions regarding the overall scope of the NASA ESD program relative to the contributions of the mission agencies NOAA and USGS, the committee will make recommendations on:

a.    The target budgetary balance between Flight and Non-Flight aspects of the ESD portfolio;

b.    In the Non-Flight portion of the program, the target balance between R&A, Applied Science, and Technology elements;

c.    In the Flight element, the target budgetary balance between systematic/directed, and competed/cost/schedule-constrained mission programs;

d.    In the Flight element and considering overall resource constraints, the target budgetary balance between general mission-enabling investments (such as common spacecraft development, highly disaggregated constellations, etc.) and traditional focused single-mission developments;

e.    In the Flight and Technology elements, the degree that NASA investment decisions could be informed by NOAA and USGS operational satellite measurement objectives,; 

f.     Expanding or modifying the present 3-strand Venture-Class competed program, including examining whether ESD should initiate additional or different Venture Class strands, possibly with different cost caps;

g.    Decision principles for balancing new measurements against time series extensions of existing data sets; and

h.    Any changes in scope(s) of the non-flight R&A, Applied Sciences, and Technology Development elements.

7.        For NOAA and the USGS, which have a critical requirement for continuity of observations and delivery of services and information to the public and commercial sectors, the decadal survey committee’s recommendations will be framed around national needs, including, but not limited to research priorities.  The committee’s recommendations for NOAA and the USGS will, as far as practicable, align with anticipated budgets at the relevant portion(s) of the agencies, with any deviations from those budgets clearly presented.  Recommendations may be organized around 1) how new technology may enhance current operations, and 2) what new science is needed to expand current operations, either to enable new capabilities or to include new areas of interest.  In making these recommendations, the committee will consider the need to bridge current operations and support a viable path forward for the uninterrupted delivery of public services through these generational changes.  In particular, the committee:

a.    Will, with the expectation that the capabilities of non-traditional providers of Earth observations continue to increase in scope and quality, suggest approaches for evaluating these new capabilities and integrating them, where appropriate, into NOAA and USGS strategic plans.  The committee will also consider how such capabilities might alter NOAA’s and USGS’s flight mission and sensor priorities in the next decade and beyond. 

b.    Will consider which scientific advances are needed to add to NOAA’s future predictive capabilities.  This includes taking into account the overlap and interdependencies between water, weather and climate, and encouraging the development of extended, and diversified forecasts.  The committee will similarly consider advances needed to meet the needs of USGS science priorities and data users, for example advising on advances that can support both the natural resource management community and the climate research community.

c.    May offer recommendations concerning “research to operations” (or “innovation for continuity and service improvements across agencies”).  For example, the committee may identify areas where NASA technology investments may lead to more efficient or effective NOAA and USGS missions by raising the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of enabling technologies.

d.    Will consider the agencies’ ability to replicate existing technologies to improve and sustain operational delivery of public services, and also to produce consistent and reliable science and applications data products across different generations of measurement technology, as new measurement innovations are introduced. 

           

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-06

Project Duration (months): 30 month(s)

RSO: Charo, Art



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Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/20/2016

Carol A. Clayson - (Co-Chair)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

DR. CAROL ANNE CLAYSON (co-chair) is the director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute. She is also a senior scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Clayson has been tenured faculty at Florida State University and Purdue University, and was also the former Director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute. Her research covers the areas of air and sea interaction, satellite remote sensing, and ocean modeling. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. She received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President W. Clinton. Dr. Clayson received her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously, Dr. Clayson served as a member of the Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate including the Committee on the Future of Rainfall Measuring Missions and the Committee to Review the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Strategic Plan.
Venkatachalam Ramaswamy - (Co-Chair)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

DR. VENKATACHALAM RAMASWAMY (co-chair) is the director of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). He is also a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program and the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. His primary interests include numerical modeling of the global climate system, advancing the understanding of atmospheric physics and chemistry and related processes in climate, and investigating the climatic variations and changes due to natural and human-influenced factors. At GFDL he directs one of the world’s major climate research and modeling centers with the mission to develop and apply advanced numerical models for understanding global and regional climate, and conduct research on predictability/ predictions and projections of climate. Prior to becoming the director of GFDL, he held the senior scientist position. His honors include: fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS) and American Geophysical Union (AGU); AMS Houghton Award and Walter Orr Roberts Lecture; WMO Norbert-Gerbier International Award for best scientific paper (3-time recipient); Presidential Rank for Meritorious Senior Professional; Bert Bolin Lecture (Stockholm University); Ogura Lecture (University of Illinois); Distinguished Lecture (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; KAUST, Saudi Arabia); Joseph Priestley Lecture (Chemical Heritage Foundation); and member of the IPCC team that was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Ramaswamy earned his Ph. D. in atmospheric sciences from the State University of New York at Albany. He has previously served on the Academies Panel on Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change as well as the Panel on Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Climate Change.
Arlyn E. Andrews
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

DR. ARLYN E. ANDREWS is a chemist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she contributed to the initial development of concepts for active and passive CO2 satellite sensors. Dr. Andrews has measured carbon dioxide from the surface to the stratosphere on a variety of airborne platforms, including NASA’s ER-2 aircraft -- a modified U-2 spy plane, and high-altitude balloons. She is currently responsible for a network of sites measuring carbon dioxide, methane, and related gases from broadcast towers, and she leads NOAA’s Carbon Tracker-Lagrange regional modeling framework for estimating emissions of carbon dioxide and methane and biological uptake of carbon dioxide by terrestrial ecosystems. She served as a member or the Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group for the US Carbon Cycle Science Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard University. She has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Enrique Curchitser
Rutgers University

DR. ENRIQUE CURCHITSER is a professor of Oceanography and Climate in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. His main research interests include ocean circulation and its role in the climate system, dynamics of boundary currents and shelf circulation, physical-biological interactions, development of coupled Earth System Models, and multi-scale climate dynamics and numerical modeling. His group at Rutgers University, the Earth System Modeling Lab, assembles an interdisciplinary team of scientists and students that makes use of numerical models to address a range of climate related problems. Specific projects include the role of upwelling systems in climate and ecosystem dynamics, downscaling of climate models to coastal systems and exploring the links between coupled eco- and human-systems and climate. Dr. Curchitser is the State Department appointed academic delegate to the North Pacific Marine Science organization and chair of the Climate Variability (CLIVAR) research focus on Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems as well as a member of the Ocean Model Development Panel (CLIVAR-OMDP).
Lee-Lueng Fu
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

DR. LEE-LUENG FU (NAE) is a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he is also a fellow. He has been the project scientist for JPL’s satellite altimetry missions for oceanographic and geodetic studies since 1988, including TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and Jason-2. He is currently the project scientist for the U.S./France joint Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission (SWOT), which is being developed as the next generation altimetry mission for measuring water elevation on Earth. Dr. Fu's research has been focused on the variability of sea level in relation to ocean circulation and climate. He received a B.S. in physics from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the AGU and the AMS. Recently he was awarded the COSPAR International Cooperation Medal for his leadership in the development and continuation of satellite altimetry missions. He has served on the Academies Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space (thru 6/30/2016) and the Committee on a Framework for Analyzing the Needs for Continuity of NASA-Sustained Remote Sensing Observations of the Earth from Space (thru 3/31/2015).
Guido Grosse
Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine

DR. GUIDO GROSSE is a research group lead at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in the Periglacial Research Department in the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany. At AWI, Dr. Grosse is leading the European Research Council (ERC) Project PETA-CARB, where a broad range of remote sensing observations are coupled with soil carbon stock estimates to better understand carbon pools and dynamics in Arctic permafrost regions. He is also the lead for two work packages in the ESA GlobPermafrost project. His research focuses on the study of climate change impacts in Arctic permafrost environments by using high to medium resolution remote sensing, geospatial information systems, and extensive field work. Previously, Dr. Grosse was on the faculty of the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he was Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in multiple NASA, NSF, and Alaska LCC projects focusing on remote sensing of permafrost landscape dynamics and associated ecosystem, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes. He served as a lead of the Thermokarst Working Group in the Permafrost Carbon Network (PCN), lead of the working group on Vulnerability of High Latitude Soil Carbon to Disturbance within the North American Carbon Program (NACP), and was part of the Cryosphere Hazard Working Group in Alaska. He participated in more than 35 Arctic field campaigns in Siberia and Alaska, has authored or co-authored more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles. He earned his Ph.D. for geology at Alfred Wegener Institute Potsdam and the University of Potsdam, Germany. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Randal D. Koster
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

DR. RANDAL D. KOSTER is a research scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). His early work focused on the analysis of global water isotope geochemistry. Most of his tenure at GSFC, though, has been dedicated to two research thrusts: (i) the development of improved treatments of land surface physics for atmospheric general circulation models, and (ii) the analysis of interactions between the land and atmosphere, using these models. He has examined many questions regarding land-atmosphere feedback, including: Can knowledge of soil moisture conditions at the beginning of a seasonal weather forecast improve the forecast? Can we find evidence in the observational record that variability in land surface states has an effect on rainfall, air temperature, and other atmospheric variables? He is the 2016 winner of the AMS’s Hydrological Sciences Medal. He received his Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served on the Academies Committee on Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability.
Sonia Kreidenweis
Colorado State University

DR. SONIA M. KREIDENWEIS is a University Distinguished Professor and the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). At CSU, Dr. Kreidenweis has led the initiation and development of the program in atmospheric chemistry, specializing in her own group in the characterization of aerosol physical and optical properties. Her research interests include the study of aerosol-cloud interactions via observations and modeling, methods for the detection, characterization, and parameterization of cloud condensation nuclei and ice nucleating particles, and application of aerosol-water interaction concepts to visibility and climate. She is a recipient of the Sinclair Award of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), and is a fellow of the AAAR and of the AMS. She earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. She served as a member of the Academies’ Committee on International Transport of Air Pollution, the Committee on Opportunities to Improve the Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models with National Collection Systems, and the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry.
Emilio F. Moran
Michigan State University

DR. EMILIO F. MORAN (NAS) is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University at the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. He was previously Distinguished Professor and the James H. Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. He is the author of ten books, fifteen edited volumes, and more than 190 journal articles and book chapters. He is formally trained in anthropology, geography, ecology, soil science and satellite remote sensing. His work for the past 20 years has been focused on linking the social and natural sciences addressing questions on land use and land cover change, and population and environment. His research has been supported by NSF, NIH, NOAA, and NASA. His three latest books, Environmental Social Science (Wiley/Blackwell 2010), People and Nature (Blackwell 2006), and Human Adaptability, 3rd edition (Westeview 2007) address broad issues of human interaction with the environment. He is a past Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. for anthropology from the University of Florida. He served on the Academies’ Division Committee for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, and the Geographical Sciences Committee.
Cora E. Randall
University of Colorado

DR. CORA E. RANDALL is a professor at the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder. She is also chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a faculty member of the CU Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Her main area of expertise is remote sensing of the earth’s middle atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the polar regions. She investigates processes related to stratospheric ozone depletion, polar mesospheric clouds, and atmospheric coupling through solar and magnetospheric energetic particle precipitation. She teaches courses in chemistry, climate, radiative transfer and remote sensing. Dr. Randall is a current or prior member of numerous international satellite science teams, and is principal investigator on the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) experiment on the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission. She has won a number of awards in recognition of her scientific contributions, and is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Philip J. Rasch
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

DR. PHILIP J. RASCH is the chief scientist and laboratory fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Prior to working for PNNL, Dr. Rasch held several positions throughout NCAR. His main focus has been on understanding the connections between clouds, chemistry, and climate of the Earth system. Work in this broad area has required basic contributions in numerical methods for atmospheric models, as well as contributions in the representation of cloud and aerosol processes, and processes that control the transport, production, and loss of trace constituents in the atmosphere. He is interested in climate change and the water cycle, as well as the role of aerosols on the climate system. He has also worked and published regularly on the controversial subject of climate engineering (geoengineering). Dr. Rasch was a chair of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program of the IGBP. He led activities for the WCRP/IGBP “Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate” activity. He has served in various editorial positions for international journals and served on advisory panels for NSF, DOE, NASA, and the AMS. He has been a contributing author to NASA, the WMO, and the IPCC assessment documents. He earned his Ph.D. in meteorology from Florida State University. He has previously served on the Academies’ Committee on Geoengineering Climate: Technical Evaluation and Discussion of Impacts, and Committee for Review of CCSP Draft Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.2.
Eric Rignot
University of California, Irvine

DR. ERIC J. RIGNOT is a professor at the University of California Irvine, CA in the Department of Earth System Science. He is also a senior research scientist and joint faculty appointee at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rignot has 26 years of experience in glaciology, polar physical oceanography, ice-ocean interaction, synthetic-aperture radar applications for ice sheet mass balance, low-frequency radar sounding of glaciers, airborne surveying of Greenland and Antarctica, and numerical ice sheet modeling. He has received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA Outstanding Team Leadership, NASA Group Achievement, JPL Director Award, Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, IPCC AR4 Authors, AGU Fellow, and Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. He is a member of CLIVAR, NSF’s SEARCH, NASA’s Sea Level Change Team; he is the Science Lead for Operation IceBridge Mission over land ice and a member of the Science Definition Team for NASA/ISRO SAR Mission. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He served as a member of the Academies Committee on a Framework for Analyzing the Needs for Continuity of NASA-Sustained Remote Sensing Observations of the Earth from Space.
Christopher Ruf
University of Michigan

DR. CHRISTOPHER RUF is a professor of atmospheric science and electric engineering at the University of Michigan in the Climate and Space Department. Dr. Ruf is principal investigator for the NASA CYGNSS Earth Venture Mission, which will measure ocean surface wind speed in tropical cyclones with rapid sampling using a constellation of eight microsatellites in low earth orbit. CYGNSS is scheduled to launch in fall 2016. His research interests include remote sensing technology and earth science applications related to climate and weather studies. Previously, Dr. Ruf was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and on the technical staff of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He served as a member of the Academies’ Committee on the Scientific Uses of the Radio Spectrum, Survey Steering Committee for "Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future": Weather Panel, and the Committee on Radio Frequencies.
Ross J. Salawitch
University of Maryland

DR. ROSS J. SALAWITCH is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. At UMCP, Dr. Salawitch leads a research effort focused on stratospheric ozone layer depletion and recovery, air quality, the global carbon cycle, and climate change. All of these efforts involve the use of various computer models and a suite of observations to quantify the effects of human activity on the composition of Earth’s atmosphere. Previously, Dr. Salawitch was on the research staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and also served at various times as Visiting Research Associate and Lecturer at Caltech. He is the recipient of the Yoram Kaufman Award for Unselfish Cooperation in Research from the Atmospheric Sciences Section of American Geophysical Union and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University, for research on the cause of the Antarctic Ozone Hole. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Amy K. Snover
University of Washington

DR. AMY K. SNOVER serves as the director of the Climate Impacts Group and Assistant Dean of Applied Research at the University of Washington in the College of the Environment. She is also affiliate associate professor. She works to improve society’s resilience to natural and human-caused fluctuations in climate by bridging the gap between science and decision-making. Working with a broad range of stakeholders, Snover helps develop science-based climate change planning and adaptation guidance, identify research priorities, and advise on strategies for building climate resilience. She has been recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy, was a convening lead author for the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment and lead author of the groundbreaking 2007 guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments, with over 3000 copies now in use worldwide. Current areas of research include defining successful climate change adaptation, exploring the role of cities in adaptation and identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant aspects of climate change. Amy received her Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Washington. She has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Julienne C. Stroeve
University of Colorado Boulder

DR. JULIENNE C. STROEVE is a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) which is within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Subsequently her polar research interests have focused on the sea ice cover and include sea ice predictability, climate change and associated local and large-scale impacts, particularly in the Arctic. She has conducted several Arctic field campaigns. Dr. Stroeve’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, news reports, radio shows, and TV documentaries. She has given keynote addresses around the world on polar issues and has briefed former Vice President Al Gore. She has published more than fifty articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to several national and international reports on Arctic climate change and polar processes. She received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, for her work in understanding Greenland climate variability. Dr. Stroeve serves on the NSF Geosciences Advisory Committee. She is has served on the Academies’ Committee for the Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Climate-Ocean System Workshop and has served on the Committee on Designing an Arctic Observing Network.
Bruce A. Wielicki
NASA Langley Research Center

DR. BRUCE A. WIELICKI is a senior scientist for radiation sciences at NASA Langley Research Center. He is currently science team lead of NASA’s CLARREO Pathfinder mission to the International Space Station, a mission which started in 2016 and is planned for launch in 2020. Dr. Wielicki was principal investigator on the NASA CERES instruments from 1990 through 2008. He has also been a Co-Investigator on CALIPSO, CloudSat, Landsat, and ERBE NASA missions. His research interests are in climate change, climate sensitivity, cloud feedback, Earth’s radiation budget, cloud remote sensing, radiative transfer theory, and testing of climate models. He has published over 110 journal articles with over 5500 citations. Dr. Wielicki has received two Presidential Rank awards, four NASA medals including the Distinguished Service Medal, which is NASA’s highest award. He is a fellow of the AMS and has received the AMS Houghton Award. He has served on numerous national and international committees. Dr. Wielicki has served on two Academies’ study committees: the 2013 Total Solar Irradiance study for NOAA, and the 2015 Continuity of NASA Earth Observations from Space: a Value Framework.
Gary W. Yohe
Wesleyan University

DR. GARY W. YOHE is the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. He has been on the faculty at Wesleyan for more than 30 years. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage of climate issues. Most of his work has focused attention on the mitigation and adaptation/impacts sides of the climate issue. Involved since the early 1990’s with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, he served as a lead author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report that was published in 2001 and as convening lead author for the last chapter of the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report that was published in 2007. In that Assessment, he also worked with the Core Writing Team to prepare the overall Synthesis Report. He was a convening lead author for Chapter 18 of the Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report on “Detection and Attribution” and a lead author for Chapter 1 on “Points of Departure”. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Most recently he has served on the Academies’ Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Board on Environmental Change and Society and the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. He was also a Vice Chair of the 2014 National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee for the Obama Administration.

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Ross Salawitch
Bruce Wielicki
Arlyn Andrews
Enrique Curchitser
Lee Fu
Randy Koster
Cora Randall
Phil Rasch
Eric Rignot
Chris Ruf
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Phil Rasch

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Updates to panel and steering committee documents, drafting and revising the climate panel report, preparation for in person meeting in Irvine

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N//A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 09, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ross Salawitch
Bruce Weilicki
Ram Ramaswamy
Julienne Stroeve
Carol Anne Clayson
Enrique Curchitser
Randy Koster
Eric Rignot
Lee Fu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Recent updates to panel and steering committee documents, drafting and revising the climate report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 09, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Carol Anne Clayson
Ram Ramaswamy
Arlyn Andrews
Enrique Curchitser
Lee Fu
Randy Koster
Cora Randall
Phil Rasch
Ross Salawitch
Eric Rignot
Bruce Wielicki

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Panel science priorities and report writing assignments


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 01, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ram Ramaswamy
Cora Randall
Phil Rasch
Enrique Curchitser
Bruce Wielicki
Randy Koster
Lee Fu
Carol Anne Clayson
Arlyn Andrews

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Ongoing prioritization of science objectives
draft report outline

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 01, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Bruce Wielicki
Cora Randall
Enrique Curchitser
Eric Rignot
Randy Koster
Carol Anne Clayson
Phil Rasch
Sonia Kriedenweis

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Scientific priorities and prepared information for the Steering Committee meeting in Nov

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 08, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Clark Lab
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
The meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Julienne Stroeve
Emilio Moran
Enrique Curchister
Amy Snover
Chris Ruf
Cora Randall
Phil Rasch
Bruce Wielicki
Randy Koster

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Climate Panel SATM, and prioritization strategies.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 14, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Eric Rignot
V. Ramaswamy
Bruce Wielicki
Ross Salawitch
Arlyn Andrews
and Lee Fu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Reviewed our recent progress and discussed the climate panel prioritization process as well as the upcoming Integrating Themes meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 14, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Erin Markovich
Contact Email:  emarkovich@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Carol Anne Clayson
V. Ramaswamy
Enrique Curchitser
Lee-Lueng Fu
Randy Koster
Sonia Kreidenweis
Phil Rasch
Chris Ruf
Ross Salawitch
Julienne Stroeve
Bruce Wielicki
and Gary Yohe

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Information and guidance on the Decadal Survey process provided by the steering committee
The draft report and science objectives
Planning decisions related to the upcoming meeting in September

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 04, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This WebEx was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ram Ramaswamy
Carol Anne Clayson
Enrique Curchitser
Ross Salawitch
Phil Rasch
Eric Rignot
Gary Yohe

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Follow up to science questions

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 14, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This WebEx was closed in its entirety
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ram Ramaswamy
Carol Anne Clayson
Sonia Kreidenweis
Bruce Wielicki
Arlyn Andrews
Randy Koster
Ross Salawitch
Cora Randall
Lee Fu
Gary Yohe
Amy Snover
Enrique Curchitser
Chris Ruf

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Refining science questions

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 14, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
Open Session
Auditorium

12:30 pm | WebEx with Steve Volz, (confirmed); Mike Freilich (invited); and USGS-TBD (Chance for panel members to hear from the sponsors.)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Arlyn Andrews
Phil Rasch
Cora Randall
Sonia Kreidenweis
Randy Koster
Carol Anne Clayson
Ram Ramaswamy
Lee Fu
Eric Rignot
Guido Grosse
Chris Ruf
Amy Snover
Gary Yohe
Ross Salawitch (WebEx)
Bruce Wielicki (WebEx)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Introductions and Bias/Conflict
Climate specific RFI 1s and 2s, and drafts of research/science questions

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

RFI lists

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 13, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

WebEx Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
This teleconference was closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Bruce Wielicki
Carol Anne Clayson
Chris Ruf
Cora Randall
Eric Rignot
Julienne Stroeve
Lauren Everett
Phil Rasch
V. Ramaswamy
Randy Koster
Ross Salawitch
and Sonia Kreidenweis

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Decadal survey organization and the study process

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

RFI spreadsheets made available for download.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 24, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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Publications

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