US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) directs the scientific and implementation planning of the program, setting the program goals, implementation strategies, and research challenges to be pursued. It is comprised of nine members with expertise spanning the breadth of the US CLIVAR agenda and diversity of representation. The SSC consists of a chair, two co-chairs, and the co-chairs of its three panels, ensuring effective communication between the SSC and the panels. Members meet primarily via teleconferences and an in-person meeting with the Inter-Agency Group at least once a year. 


US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee
Member name Institution Term through
Sonya Legg, Chair Princeton University Dec. 2017
Daniel Vimont, Co-chair University of Wisconsin-Madison Dec. 2018
Tony Lee, Co-chair NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Dec. 2019
Emily Becker NOAA Climate Prediction Center Dec. 2018
Emanuele Di Lorenzo Georgia Institute of Technology Dec. 2018
Maria Flatau Naval Research Laboratory Dec. 2018
Kris Karnauskas University of Colorado Dec. 2017
Renellys Perez University of Miami/NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory Dec. 2017
Simon Wang Utah State University Dec. 2017


Terms of Reference

  1. Provide overall scientific and programmatic guidance to ensure that US CLIVAR progresses towards achieving its scientific objectives using individual experts or expert groups as necessary;
  2. Develop and update as needed an implementation strategy to prioritize and sequence US CLIVAR activities, and comment on agency implementation of the US CLIVAR Program;
  3. Promote balance within the various elements (theory, modeling, empirical studies, long-term observations and field campaigns) of the program and identify scientific gaps;
  4. Ensure that US CLIVAR activities are coordinated with international CLIVAR activities and other USGCRP elements;
  5. Provide oversight and coordination of, and guidance to US CLIVAR working groups;
  6. Provide advice for and implement, in consultation with other advisory bodies, effective transition of sustained observations initiated during CLIVAR to operational entities after they have demonstrated their usefulness for climate predictions;
  7. Keep the NRC/CRC appraised of the status of US CLIVAR, and acts as US liaison to the International CLIVAR SSG;
  8. Provide oversight of and guidance to the US CLIVAR Project Office.