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NOAA's Tom Karl Takes On Task of Serving Up Climate to the Public

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Science  02 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5974, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5974.29

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Last month, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a step that could help repair climate science's image by doing for climate what the National Weather Service (NWS)—a NOAA organization—has done for weather over the past 140 years. The vehicle is the new NOAA Climate Service (NCS). Like NWS, it will issue forecasts of changing atmospheric conditions for use by the government, business, and the public. But the forecasts will be for larger U.S. regions and longer time scales. In addition, it will predict the impacts of climate change. Climatologist Thomas Karl, currently director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina, is its interim director. Karl spoke with Science on 18 March.