Building an integrated U.S. National Climate Indicators System [chapter]

Melissa A. Kenney, Anthony C. Janetos, Glynis C. Lough
2016 Springer Climate  
During the development of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, an indicators system was recommended as a foundational product to support a sustained assessment process (Buizer et al. 2013) . The development of this system, which we call the National Climate Indicators System (NCIS), has been an important early product of a sustained assessment process. In this paper, we describe the scoping and development of recommendations and prototypes for the NCIS, with the expectation that the
more » ... ss and lessons learned will be useful to others developing suites of indicators. Key factors of initial success are detailed, as well as a robust vision and decision criteria for future development; we also provide suggestions for voluntary support of the broader scientific community, and for funding priorities, including a research team to coordinate and prototype the indicators, system, and process. Moving forward, sufficient coordination and scientific expertise to implement and Climatic Change (2016) 135:85-96 maintain the NCIS, as well as creation of a structure for scientific input from the broader community, will be crucial to its success.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-41802-5_7 fatcat:k4ucowitjja7fm6bedjmsntcbq