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At Your Service

February 8, 2010

Looks like the Obama administration will announce today the formation of a National Climate Service. At this point, it’s only hearsay, as there are plans to announce a ‘major climate initiative’, but many little birdies lead this particular observer to conclude that the rumors are correct.

The concept of a “National Climate Service” dates back decades, but it found new life in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration and has been embraced by the Obama White House. The idea is to create a central federal source of information on everything from projections of sea level rise to maps of the nation’s best sites for wind and solar power.

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4 comments

  1. Good.

    This might provide an opportunity to take a fresh look at the temperature data, and back out some of the weird adjustments which have crept into the data.

    Also – perhaps we can get the baseline redone – so we are not comparing 1200 stations (current) to 6000 stations (1951-1980 baseline) – which introduces a warming bias which is not real.

    This could be a good thing, in my opinion.


  2. It is now official:

    http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100208_climategov.html

    Rick,

    You can calculate any baseline you wish:

    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps/

    The last decade will still be the warmest on record.


  3. Luminous Beauty:

    It is not the years that I am talking about – but the stations.

    I am not aware of a way to pick a subset of say 1000 stations for the baseline (say 1901 – 1999) and then compare the same 1000 stations for say 2008 to the baseline.

    I would suggest that this would be a nice feature of the new new website – so apples can be compared to apples.


  4. You probably should talk to Roger Pielke Sr. about this. Back in the 1970s there was a state climatology service as part of the National Weather Bureau. That service was terminated in 1973 as part of the general cutbacks of the time, and independent state offices were established helter skelter with, to put it bluntly, very strange and mysterious funding mechanisms. People cobbled together whatever they could which meant that the offices varied in competence and capability.

    The reestablishment of a central climatology service will hopefully reintegrate the entire effort. Eli had a rather strange back and forth with Roger Sr. who was complaining how some of the more opinionated state climatologists (no honest brokers they) were being persecuted. My position was that the climatology service should be a federal government function just as ag extension is.



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