Invited Speaker

Bruce A. Wielicki

NASA Langley Research Center

Economic Value of a More Accurate Climate Observing System
Bruce A. Wielicki - NASA Langley Research Center; Roger Cooke - Resources for the Future, Washington, DC; Sasha Golub - American University

The climate science community has done a heroic job of using Earth observations to estimate climate change despite the fact that few of those observing systems were designed with climate change requirements, and most require substantial corrections and modifications. But what if we designed a global observing system specifically for climate change science, rather than using a collage of non optimal weather and research observations? How much faster could we unscramble anthropogenic climate change from natural variability and observation uncertainty? What would be the economic value to the world of such a system? What is the right amount for society to invest in climate research to narrow climate prediction uncertainties? What is the return on investment?

The presentation will address these questions and demonstrate that the value of such a system is surprisingly large and is controlled by the accuracy of the observations. Future opportunities to expand this type of research will be discussed, as well as relevant space missions that could address accuracy challenges in our current observations.

Dr. Bruce Wielicki has been a climate researcher for over 40 years. He has a PhD in physical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has published over 110 journal papers, with over 6,000 journal citations, including recent publications with economists on the economic value to society of advances in climate science.

Dr. Wielicki has served as Project Scientist on NASA field experiments; Co-Investigator on four NASA space missions studying clouds, aerosols and radiation; Principal Investigator of NASA's CERES instruments (Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System); and currently serves as the Science Team Lead for NASA's CLARREO (Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity) mission. He has received NASA medals for Scientific Achievement, Leadership, Exceptional Achievement, and Distinguished Service. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and has received their Houghton Award.