Toward Regional Climate Services: The Role of NOAA’s Regional Climate Centers
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© 2010 American Meteorological Society
Over the 25-yr history of the Regional Climate Center (RCC) program, the central goals of the 1978 Climate Program Act that initiated the program have remained at the core of the centers’ mission. However, the methods, infrastructure, tools, and collaborations that define the program have evolved and the demand for and sophistication of climate service requests has increased. Unlike the program’s partners whose focus is on the collection and archival of climate data, integrated research, and addressing state-specific climate inquiries, the RCCs fill the following three operational niches in national climate services:
• provision and development of sector-specific and value-added data products and services;
• establishment of robust and efficient computer-based infrastructure for providing climate information; and
• seamless integration and storage of non–National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate data with traditional NOAA data sources.