Information derived from climate modeling has become increasingly important in recent years. More and more we understand that climate variability and change impacts society and that dealing with climate-related disasters, conflicts, and opportunities requires the best possible information about the past, present, and future of the climate system. To this end, Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling describes ways to improve the efficacy of the U.S. climate modeling enterprise, given the current needs and resources. It discusses enhanced and stable resources for modeling activities, focused and centralized operational activities, how to give researchers access to the best computing facilities, the creation of a common modeling and data infrastructure, and research studies on the socioeconomic aspects of climate and climate modeling.
"...a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the science of climate modelling. A noteworthy aspect of the book is that it contains some concise explanations of the close coupling between computer technology and climate modelling, which I do not believe can be found elsewhere in the readily accessible literature, with some informative tables on the connection between Gflops, resolution and simulation times."
-- International Journal of Climatology, November 2002
"...a fine example of how to present a panel report... required reading for the climate modelling community in the USA..."
-- Weather, December 2002