Opportunities for linking climate consulting and climate services

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010: 11:00 AM
B214 (GWCC)
Peter Robinson, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Climate Change has not only increased public awareness of the atmosphere but also stimulated advances in climate observational activities, analysis techniques and service provision. The advent of mesonets, incorporation of satellite information into climate analyses, and the increasing use of mesoscale models have all fostered an ability to undertake analyses in great temporal and spatial detail. The range of possible analyses is immense. The creation of evaporation and evapotranspiration information will be considered as an example. However, useful products will be developed only if there is close cooperation between those who create and those who use the products. CCMs, as knowledgeable users, should play a leading role in this. The CCM Forum provides an opportunity to discuss this opportunity.