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The National Research Council

As the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council’s mission is to provide independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

National Research Council 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.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.  Watch this website for information about public meetings.

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Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC)  

The issues addressed by BASC are at the forefront of contemporary concerns. Climate change and impacts, global climate models and the implications of their results, air pollution, and severe weather are topics discussed not just by scientists, but in Congress and in headlines every day. Our understanding of these issues directly affects the nation’s environmental policies, energy choices, manufacturing decisions, construction codes, and agricultural methods. In addition, there are implications for human health and emergency management. BASC’s interests include:

  • advancing methodologies and technologies for supporting weather and climate science;
  • enhancing structure, operation, and optimization of weather and climate observing and forecasting systems and approaches;
  • improving understanding and prediction of weather and climate variability and related impacts on society;
  • understanding climate variability, change, impacts, and adaptation;
  • understanding atmospheric composition and chemistry, including transport and impacts of air pollution;
  • facilitating research on atmospheric/land interactions, atmospheric/ocean interactions, and atmosphere/cryosphere interactions;
  • advancing methods to communicate uncertainty in weather and climate information;
  • improving understanding of atmospheric and climate sciences (including supporting technologies and services) and helping make this understanding relevant to national needs.

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