observation components into a comprehensive system. Goal 12.2: Accelerate the development and deployment of observing and monitoring elements needed for decision support. Goal 12.3: Provide stewardship of the observing system. Goal 12.4: Integrate modeling activities with the observing system. Goal 12.5: Foster international cooperation to develop a complete global observing system. Goal 12.6: Manage the observing system with an effective interagency structure. Data Management and Information Goal 13.1: Collect and manage data in multiple locations. Goal 13.2: Enable users to discover and access data and information via the Internet. Goal 13.3: Develop integrated information data products for scientists and decisionmakers. Goal 13.4: Preserve data and information. See Chapters 12 and 13 of the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program for detailed discussion of these goals. Two overarching questions are identified in the CCSP Strategic Plan for “Observing and Monitoring the Climate System ” (Chapter 12) and “Data Management and Information ” (Chapter 13): • How can we provide active stewardship for an observation system that will document the evolving state of the climate system, allow for improved understanding of its changes, and contribute to improved predictive capability for society? • How can we provide seamless, platform-independent, timely, and open access to integrated data, products, information, and tools with sufficient accuracy and precision to address climate and associated global changes
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