PREDICTION AS A MECHANISM FOR COPING WITH CLIMATE VARIABILITY AN D CHANGE Several weeks ago, the AMS received an invitation to make Policies that affect monitoring, prediction, and/or a presentation before the U.S. Commission on Ocean modifying the components of this coupled system Policy. The Commission was established by the Congress should recognize that it is coupled. in the Oceans Act of 2000. The Commission is chaired Useful prediction of the Earth's fluid envelope involves by Adm. James Watkins, and its distinguished members three components: observations, modeling, and provi- were appointed by the president with input from the sion of services. Education and institutional arrangements Congress. We were invited to appear at the Commission's are necessary t o ensure that services are effective, meeting in Chicago on 25 September as part of a Panel dependable, and subject t o continuous improvement. on Climate Prediction. Because of a conflict in President Rick Rosen's schedule, I made the presentation on behalf OBSERVATIONS. The AMS is supportive of an inte- of the Society. grated global observing system for monitoring the state The following is a short written statement that served of the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land system on a as the basis of my
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2002
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