Atmospheric Science: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Review of NOAA Working Group Report on Maintaining the Continuation of Long-Term Satellite Total Irradiance Observations (2013)

Since 1978, space-borne instruments have provided scientists with an unbroken data record on Total Solar Irradiance (TSI)--the input of solar energy to the climate system. This long-term record is critical for resolving ongoing debates regarding the potential role of solar variability in influencing Earth’s climate. However, the continuity of the data is at risk. One set of TSI data collection instruments is now well beyond its design life an... More >>

Monitoring Climate Change Impacts: Metrics at the Intersection of the Human and Earth Systems (2010)

This report from the National Research Council identifies seventy-one metrics that when taken together may give advance warning of climate-related changes and their impacts across a range of both local and global scales. Currently, many observing systems capture elements of how climate is changing, such as direct measurements of atmospheric and ocean temperature. However, these measurements do not provide information about the impacts o... More >>

Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change (2010)

Advancing the Science of Climate Change Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change Adapting to the Impacts of Climate ChangeA five-video series on the America's Climate Choices project Demand for information to support climate-related decisions has grown as people, organizations, and governments have moved ahead with plans and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Today, however, the natio... More >>

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Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts Over Decades to Millennia (2010)

This new report from the National Research Council concludes that emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels have ushered in a new epoch where human activities will largely determine the evolution of Earth's climate. Because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is long lived, it can effectively lock the Earth and future generations into a range of impacts, some of which could become very severe. Therefore, emissions reduction... More >>

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Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change (2010)

Advancing the Science of Climate Change Limiting the Magnitude of Climate ChangeInforming an Effective Response to Climate Change A five-video series on the America's Climate Choices project Much of the nation's experience to date in managing and protecting its people, resources, and infrastructure is based on the historic record of climate variability during a period of relatively stable climate. This report from the America's Climate Choice... More >>

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