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Climate Science for Serving Society

Research, Modeling and Prediction Priorities

  • Ghassem R. Asrar
  • James W. Hurrell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Ghassem R. Asrar, James W. Hurrell, Antonio J. Busalacchi
    Pages 1-12
  3. Kevin E. Trenberth, Richard A. Anthes, Alan Belward, Otis B. Brown, Ted Habermann, Thomas R. Karl et al.
    Pages 13-50
  4. Michael G. Bosilovich, John Kennedy, Dick Dee, Rob Allan, Alan O’Neill
    Pages 51-71
  5. Steven C. Sherwood, M. Joan Alexander, Andy R. Brown, Norm A. McFarlane, Edwin P. Gerber, Graham Feingold et al.
    Pages 73-103
  6. Daniel Rosenfeld, Robert Wood, Leo J. Donner, Steven C. Sherwood
    Pages 105-149
  7. Peter H. Gleick, Heather Cooley, James S. Famiglietti, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Taikan Oki, Charles J. Vörösmarty et al.
    Pages 151-184
  8. Taikan Oki, Eleanor M. Blyth, Ernesto Hugo Berbery, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
    Pages 185-203
  9. Ben Kirtman, David Anderson, Gilbert Brunet, In-Sik Kang, Adam A. Scaife, Doug Smith
    Pages 205-235
  10. Bart van den Hurk, Pascale Braconnot, Veronika Eyring, Pierre Friedlingstein, Peter Gleckler, Reto Knutti et al.
    Pages 237-248
  11. Karen H. Rosenlof, Laurent Terray, Clara Deser, Amy Clement, Hugues Goosse, Sean Davis
    Pages 249-271
  12. Carolina Vera, William Gutowski, Carlos R. Mechoso, B. N. Goswami, Chris C. Reason, Chris D. Thorncroft et al.
    Pages 273-306
  13. Peter A. Stott, Myles Allen, Nikolaos Christidis, Randall M. Dole, Martin Hoerling, Chris Huntingford et al.
    Pages 307-337
  14. Francis W. Zwiers, Lisa V. Alexander, Gabriele C. Hegerl, Thomas R. Knutson, James P. Kossin, Phillippe Naveau et al.
    Pages 339-389
  15. Sandrine Bony, Bjorn Stevens, Isaac H. Held, John F. Mitchell, Jean-Louis Dufresne, Kerry A. Emanuel et al.
    Pages 391-413
  16. Susan Solomon, Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Damon Matthews, John S. Daniel, Pierre Friedlingstein
    Pages 415-436
  17. Maria Carmen Lemos, Arun Agrawal, Hallie Eakin, Don R. Nelson, Nathan L. Engle, Owen Johns
    Pages 437-457
  18. Madeleine C. Thomson, E. Firth, M. Jancloes, A. Mihretie, M. Onoda, S. Nickovic et al.
    Pages 459-484

About this book


This volume offers a comprehensive survey and a close analysis of efforts to develop actionable climate information in support of vital decisions for climate adaptation, risk management and policy. Arising from submissions and discussion at the 2011 Open Science Conference (OSC) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the book addresses research and intellectual challenges which span the full range of Program activities.


Some 1900 participants in the Conference, including 541 graduate students and early career scientists from 86 nations and more than 300 scientists from developing nations, were invited to provide comments on the papers, both before the conference and in themed daily plenary sessions. The resulting book incorporates the contributions of distinguished climate scientists as well as experts who use science-based climate information to formulate policy and initiate responsive action.


Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modeling and Prediction Priorities fosters a more effective dialogue between the climate information and knowledge developers – the research community – and decision makers who must respond to difficult adaptation, mitigation and risk management issues.


Climate and human health Climate and sustainable development Climate and weather extremes Climate prediction Climate services

Editors and affiliations

  • Ghassem R. Asrar
    • 1
  • James W. Hurrell
    • 2
  1. 1.World Climate Research ProgrammeWorld Meteorological OrganizationGeneva 2Switzerland
  2. 2.Earth System LaboratoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA

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