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    Invitation for Public Comment Public comments due March 7, 2005 From the U.S. CSSP website: Director, Climate Change Science Program ... James R. Mahoney,
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      Invitation for Public Comment


      Public comments due March 7, 2005


      From the U.S. CSSP website:


      Director, Climate Change Science Program
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      James R. Mahoney, Ph.D.
      Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and
      Atmosphere, and Director, Climate Change Science Program


      http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/prospectus-invite31jan2005.htm

      Invitation to Comment on
      Draft Prospectuses 2.1, 2.2 & 3.1

      CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE PROGRAM
      Prospectuses for Synthesis and Assessment Products

      * 2.1 Scenarios of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Atmospheric
      Concentrations and Review of Integrated Scenario Development and
      Application;
      * 2.2 North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global
      Carbon Cycle; and
      * 3.1 Climate Models and Their Uses and Limitations: Climate
      Sensitivity, Feedbacks, and Uncertainties.

      Public Comment Period: 2 February through 7 March 2005.

      Dear Colleague -

      You are invited to provide comments on the prospectuses for three
      Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment Products:

      * 2.1 Scenarios of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Atmospheric
      Concentrations and Review of Integrated Scenario Development and
      Application;
      * 2.2 North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global
      Carbon Cycle; and
      * 3.1 Climate Models and Their Uses and Limitations: Climate
      Sensitivity, Feedbacks, and Uncertainties.

      These are three of the 21 synthesis and assessment products that will
      be prepared by the CCSP.

      The Climate Change Science Program coordinates and directs U.S.
      research efforts in the areas of climate and global change. The
      Program completed and released a Strategic Plan in July 2003 to guide
      its activities. More information about the CCSP can be found in the
      Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The
      Strategic Plan commits the program to prepare synthesis and assessment
      products to support informed discussion and decision making regarding
      climate variability and change. The first set of products is described
      in the strategic plan.

      The program has also released guidelines for the synthesis and
      assessment products. These guidelines establish a broadly standardized
      methodology for product development that will facilitate involvement
      of the research community and the public in ensuring that the products
      are focused in a useful fashion and meet the highest standards of
      scientific excellence. The guidelines also encourage transparency by
      ensuring that public information about the status of the products will
      be provided through the Federal Register, on the CCSP website, and
      through other means.

      The prospectuses have a special purpose within the guidelines'
      standardized methodology, namely to describe the proposed focus and
      process that will be used to prepare each of the products. Expert and
      public comments are requested as part of the open approach that has
      been a hallmark of the CCSP process. I invite you to participate in
      this comment process. Your input will help to ensure that the plans
      for preparing the products are open and fair and will produce products
      that are relevant and sound.

      The personnel who are guiding preparation of these products are listed
      in each prospectus along with their contact information. These
      individuals are leaders in their respective fields, and I wish to
      publicly acknowledge their efforts in this work.

      Comments are due by 7 March 2005 . All comments submitted by that time
      will be thoroughly evaluated and, if appropriate, incorporated in the
      final prospectuses, which will be posted on the CCSP website when
      finalized. The comments submitted will be collated and posted on the
      CCSP website as well. The final prospectuses will include the agreed
      timetables, which will highlight opportunities for further public
      engagement.

      To ensure that your comments are routed correctly, please submit your
      them to the email address described in the instructions for formatting
      and submitting comments. These instructions have been customized for
      each product and are available through the internet links listed below:

      * Product 2.1 (Scenarios)
      * Product 2.2 (North American Carbon)
      * Product 3.1 (Climate Models)

      To begin the review of one of these products, follow the appropriate
      link to download the instructions and the prospectus. We appreciate
      your participation and constructive comments.

      In closing, I wish to bring to your attention the completed Prospectus
      for Product 1.1, Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for
      Understanding and Reconciling Differences. A draft version of this
      prospectus was open for public comment from 7 July through 12 August
      2004. The final prospectus and reviews submitted during the public
      comment period can be found online.

      Sincerely,

      James R. Mahoney, Ph.D.
      Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and
      Director, Climate Change Science Program

      US Climate Change Science Program, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave,
      NW, Washington, DC 20006. ...

      http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/prospectus-invite31jan2005.htm

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