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President of CCl-16

Thomas C. Peterson

Dr Thomas Peterson, President of CCl-16Thomas C. Peterson is the Chief Scientist at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. After earning his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1991, Tom primarily engaged in creating NCDC's global land surface data set used to quantify long-term global climate change. Key areas of his expertise include data fidelity, international data exchange, global climate change analysis as well as the impacts of climate change. He was a lead author on the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report and served as co-chair and co-Editor-in-Chief of the 2009 report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. He is the recipient of one NOAA's Administrator's Award as well as three U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards and one Gold Medal Award. In 2004, Essential Science Indicators ranked him as one of the top 1% of scientists in the field of Geosciences based on Journal Citation Reports. He is the author or co-author of ~70 peer-reviewed publications and three data sets.

Terms of Reference

  1. Undertake the duties required of a president of a WMO Technical Commission in accordance with WMO General Regulation 186;
  2. Represent CCl at a range of relevant WMO meetings, workshops and conferences including other technical commissions, the Congress and the Executive Council (EC) including its relevant subsidiary bodies, and the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS), meetings of EC bodies and Meetings of the Presidents of Technical Commissions (PTC) and, ex-officio, on the GCOS Steering Committee;
  3. Promote the recognition of and increase awareness about the role of WMO in climate, particularly with respect to the role of WMO in the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS);
  4. Provide input, presentations and reports, as required, to WMO constituent body sessions, particularly the Executive Council and Congress;
  5. Designate a substitute if any co-chairperson of the Open Panels of CCl Experts (OPACEs) is unable to continue in that role, relying on General Regulation 33 for the appropriate guidance;
  6. Maintain regular communication with the members of CCl in the activities of the Commission (e.g., through newsletters).



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