Statement of Task

The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) is the focal point within the National Academies for activities related to the atmospheric and climate sciences, including issues related to technology, policy, applications, and services. The Board serves as a source for objective, independent advice to the federal government and others. Through its board meetings, study committees, and convening functions, BASC strives to advance understanding of atmospheric science, meteorology, and climate; foster application of this knowledge to benefit the public; guide US research programs so they address key scientific opportunities and the needs of the nation; and ensure that the voice of the science community is considered in government planning and decision making. Activities include issue analysis, program and document reviews, assistance in setting priorities and identifying research opportunities, evaluation of technologies and methodologies, analyses of controversial and nationally important topics, integration of interdisciplinary information, and other tasks. Specifically, the Board:

  1. Identifies, plans, and implements a range of activities (e.g., studies, workshops, symposia, public outreach) to advance understanding of all aspects of atmospheric science, meteorology, and climate science, including supporting technologies and methodologies and issues at the interface of atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biologically coupled systems.
  2. Uses a variety of mechanisms, including program reviews, issue analysis, assessment of priorities, board meetings, and topical forums to provide a forum for independent discussion of atmospheric and climate science issues, including related technology and policy issues.
  3. Supports education and outreach activities through sponsorship of interns and fellows, participation in professional societies, and development of report derivative materials.
  4. Assists U.S. participation in international research efforts in the atmospheric and climate sciences, including the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and World Weather Research Program (WWRP), and works closely with the US Global Change Research Program and government agencies to enhance the value of US federal activities.
  5. Builds connections between the national intelligence community and scientific research communities engaged in weather and climate change sciences, environmental sciences, energy science, and disaster research through its standing committee, the Committee on Climate, Energy, and National Security.
  6. Facilitates internal NRC coordination on climate and weather-related activities.