A new plan to build an outdoor climate change center at the University of Washington in Seattle could prove to be the best course of action to help spur research on the issue, according to a new report.
The plan would build on existing work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center.
The National Climactic Data Center at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NCEES), located at the Washington University campus, is the largest and most sophisticated global climate research facility in the world.
The UW research center, which is currently being built, would have a climate science-focused, open-access campus that includes laboratories for climate science research, climate modeling, and data analysis.
In the report, “Climate-Ready: The U.s.
Climate Science Research Center,” a group of UW climate researchers and climate change experts calls for a new plan that would incorporate the UW research and data center and its adjacent satellite data center, as well as the National Climatically Observed Network (NCON) data center at NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.
The team found that building a climate center at UW would be “a cost-effective and cost-competitive alternative to building a satellite-based research facility on a campus in Seattle.”
The UW-Seattle climate center would be one of the first in the U, a UW research organization, to be built at a location near a large city.
The cost of the UW-Washington climate center is estimated at $8.8 million, according the report.
Building the UW climate center could help drive more research in the UW area, said Paul Reidenberg, a climate scientist at UW who co-authored the report with Mark Stetson, a postdoctoral fellow in UW’s Department of Geosciences.
“The UW climate research center would provide a valuable opportunity to study how to integrate climate science into our national security strategies and policies, and we are working on building a research facility for that,” Stetsons said.
“Building a UW climate science center is the most cost-efficient way to conduct research at the UW.
The additional funding to build this climate science facility would be significant, and it would allow us to focus on building our research programs in the most relevant way possible.”
Building the climate center was also a key priority for the UW Climate Science Initiative (CSI), a coalition of more than 80 universities, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
“The new UW-Climate Center would be the first of its kind in the United States,” said Jay Stanley, an environmental and coastal scientist at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (IAAR), a research center at OAR in Denmark.
“I think it is an important contribution to the broader research efforts that will occur at the campus.”
Building a UW-climate center would also help advance the UW’s efforts to prepare for climate change, said Stanley.
Building a climate data center would enable UW to have a data center of the kind that is already in use at the Naval Research Laboratories, and also could help prepare UW for the future of climate research, he said.
The new climate center will be one among several UW-based data centers currently in development, Stanley said.
In 2015, the U’s Department for Space Science launched the Space Climate Center, an initiative to build and modernize a data hub for climate research at UW, and the UW Research Excellence Program (REEP) is also building a new data center in the Seattle area.
“We’re getting to the point now where the climate is changing faster than the weather, and so a lot of our scientists are trying to find ways to adapt,” Stanley said, adding that the UW was building a data facility that could be useful for future research.
The Climate Research Center would also allow the UW to provide better access to its climate data for scientists, Stanley noted.
The climate data would be used to analyze climate models that are used by NASA and other federal agencies, and would also be used for research on how the atmosphere changes as it warms and cools.
Building an outdoor, climate data hub at the location of the new climate data facility would allow researchers to get the data on which their models are based, Stanley added.
Building climate data facilities in the Northwest has long been a priority for UW, said David Burdett, a researcher with the UW Atmospheric Research and Modeling Laboratory (ARML) and the director of UW-Northeast.
“There’s no question that climate change is an extremely important and important problem, and a great deal of research needs to be done on this,” Burdets said.
Burdet said that climate data centers in Seattle and Washington state have been in use for decades.
“It’s a big part of the climate data ecosystem in the state