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Members of Congress:
We are pleased to transmit to you this report, Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere. Steps
for Understanding and Reconciling Differences, the first of a series of Synthesis and Assessment
Products produced by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). This series of 21 reports is
aimed at providing current evaluations of climate change science to inform public debate, policy, and
operational decisions. These reports are also intended to help inform CCSP's consideration of future
CCSP's guiding vision is to empower the Nation and the global community with the science-based
knowledge to manage the risks and opportunities of change in the climate and related environmental
systems. The Synthesis and Assessment Products are important steps toward that vision, helping
translate CCSP's extensive observational and research base into informational tools that directly
address key questions that are being asked of the research community.
This first Synthesis and Assessment Product addresses previously identified discrepancies between
observations and simulations of surface and atmospheric temperature trends. It was developed
with broad scientific input and reviewed by the National Research Council. Public comments were
solicited and carefully reviewed at multiple stages in the process. It was prepared in accordance with
the Information Quality Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Further information on the
process for preparing Synthesis and Assessment products and the CCSP itself can be found at
We commend the report's authors for both the thorough nature of their work and their adherence to an
inclusive review process. This product sets a high standard for quality for subsequent Synthesis and
Carlos M. Gutierrez
Secretary of Commerce
Chair, Committee on Climate Change
Science and Technology Integration
Samuel W. Bodman
Secretary of Energy
Vice Chair, Committee on Climate
Change Science and Technology
John H. Marburger III
Director, Office of Science and
Executive Director, Committee
on Climate Change Science and
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U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research. Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences, book, April 2006; Washington, DC, USA. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc12017/m1/4/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .