Climate 2.0, Useful Climate Science and Services for Decision Makers

- Session Description (click to collapse)

Climate change science is now focusing on quantifying the effects of climate variability and change on coupled human and natural systems to identify and evaluate strategies for managing this change and its impacts. This new emphasis on short-term climate forecasting (prediction) and longer-term climate projection is designed to directly support policy- and decision-makers managing finite food, water, and energy resources in the context of a rising global population and GNP coupled with multiple human and environmental stresses. To address critical needs for high-quality climate data information and knowledge in support of national, regional, and local decision-making, climate service operations are being initiated in many countries around the world. These centers will make climate data, information, and knowledge more easily accessible and assessable in a timely manner to broad segments of the public, government, and industry, with trusted evaluation of its provenance, quality, and applicability to those sectors.

  1. Who are the major stakeholders in your domain and what are the primary issues they face? Which of these are climate related?
  2. What are the priority climate research and products needed by your community?
  3. How can barriers to meaningful interaction between information providers and users be brought down?
  4. How does your community deal with risk, uncertainty, and information from other demains?
  5. What is needed to develop "official" climate products, processes and services that your community trusts enough to adopt for decision making?

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- Moderator (click to collapse)

Lawrence Buja

Lawrence Buja is Director of the Climate Science and Applications Program (CSAP) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. CSAP addresses societal vulnerability; impacts and adaptation to climate change through the use of scenarios of projected climate change; development of tools and methods for analyzing current and future vulnerability; and integrated analyses of climate impacts and adaptation at local, regional, and global scales, with a focus on:

  • Governance of interlinked natural and managed resource systems and their capacity to adapt and respond to climatic variability and change
  • Modeling and analysis of the role of urban areas in driving emissions of climate change, as well as in adapting to climate change impacts
  • Research into the complex relationships among weather, climate, human health and ecosystems, and population to determine vulnerability to human health threats and plan appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • Integrated vulnerability and adaptation assessment, coupling climate change impact research with societal vulnerability frameworks to understand the integrated effects of changes in climate, land use, conventional pollution, biodiversity, and human systems
  • The development of GIS-based data and knowledge systems to foster collaborative science, spatial data interoperability, and knowledge sharing across science and application disciplines to enable broad, climate-informed decision making

Previously, Dr. Buja was scientific project manager for NCAR’s simulations of the Earth’s past, present, and future climates using the NCAR Community Climate System Model that made up the joint U.S. National Science Foundation/Department of Energy submission to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was a contributing author to both the 2001 IPCC Third Assessment Report (AR3) and the breakthrough IPCC AR4 in 2007.

Dr. Buja also works closely with the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and other international agencies applying NCAR’s climate and social science expertise to help guide sustainable development strategies throughout the developing world.


Ph.D. , Meteorology, University of Utah, 1989
M.S., Atmospheric Science, Iowa State University, 1984
B.S., Atmospheric Science, Iowa State University, 1982


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