UCAR statement on the White House climate data initiative

In support of data policies that are free and open, and that help people create new, valuable products to America

March 19, 2014

BOULDER—The president’s Climate Data Initiative, announced today, will enable new industries to use climate data to enhance long-range decisions and planning. UCAR has long been supportive of data policies that are free, open, and help people create new products to bring value to the lives of Americans.

The community climate models we have developed and the wealth of data we provide allow a wide range of companies, foundations, and academics to create their own value-added products for a diverse marketplace that sees value in that data. In the digital age, training approaches like those provided by UCAR's COMET program through open access enable meteorologists, emergency managers, and the public to better understand and use weather and climate data.

UCAR supports the president’s climate data initiative because it helps to provide the right data at the right time to make the right decisions.


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