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SSI Notice: CCSP Synthesis and Assessments Draft Guidelines
The US Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is now
accepting comments on the draft guidelines for the synthesis
and assessment products being prepared in accordance with
the CCSP Strategic Plan. The comment period is open until
May 7, 2004.
As you may remember, SSI has been actively following the
creation and review of the CCSP Strategic Plan. The final
Strategic Plan was released in July 2003 and a subsequent
review of the plan by the National Research Council (NRC) of
the National Academy of Sciences was released in February
2004. The current comment period is on the draft guidelines
for the synthesis and assessment products that were
described in the Strategic Plan. [Links to these documents
According to the announcement of the comment period by the
CCSP, the synthesis and assessment products are "intended
to provide useful information for a variety of end users about
key climate change topics. The products include reports,
data sets, and evaluations of the uses and limits of climate
information in decision support." [A detailed description of
the products is contained in Chapter 2 of the CCSP Strategic
Plan.] Scientists' comments are needed to help ensure report
production processes that are orderly and transparent and
afford meaningful opportunity for public involvement.
** We encourage scientists who have been following the
development of this plan, especially those involved in past
or current synthesis and assessment products such as the
National Assessment of Climate Change and the IPCC's
assessment reports, to submit comments to the CCSP on their
draft guidelines for the synthesis and assessment products.
UCS makes a few suggestions, based on comments from
the NRC review of the research plan, about key aspects of
the draft guidelines upon which you may wish to concentrate.
These suggestions, along with instructions on how to submit
comments, are below.
** Issues for Possible Comment
* re: maintaining scientific integrity of the program.
Scientists must feel confident that their participation in
these assessment processes and the resulting products will
be free from political interference.
* re: assessment "fatigue." The CCSP's ambitious research
plan overlaps considerably with the IPCC Fourth Assessment
Report process. The US scientific community must be able to
reasonably contribute to both efforts.
* re: products trumping process. Assessments should ideally
be reasonably balanced on both results and process, such as
engaging stakeholders through a variety of interactive
approaches and ensuring that decision support needs are
identified and met.
** How To Submit Comments
The comment period is open through May 7, 2004. Comments
can be submitted electronically to
The CCSP instructions for formatting comments are available
If you have questions regarding the draft guidelines review
process, please contact Sandy MacCracken of the CCSP at 1-
Please let UCS know you if submit comments. You can do this
by emailing Jason Mathers at ssi@...
**Information About the Draft Guidelines
Draft guidelines for the synthesis and assessment products:
CCSP Announcement of Comment Period
Chapter 2 of CCSP Strategic Plan (lists the synthesis and
**Information on the CCSP Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program
NRC Review of final CCSP Strategic Plan
SSI Background materials on the CCSP Strategic Plan
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