What We Do

The multidisciplinary team at the Technical Support Unit supports all aspects of developing and delivering climate assessments and related products and tools.

NCICS provides the majority of the staffing for the TSU through its NOAA cooperative institute (CICS-NC). Along with our NOAA and federal contract colleagues, our teams provide scientific and technical expertise in support of the development of National Climate Assessment and other reports as well as related products, tools, and services.

The multidisciplinary nature of our work involves close cooperation and integration across the entire TSU, but our expertise and functions are broadly organized into the following teams.

  • a science team engaged in cutting-edge climate research. The team provides much of the foundational science on observed and projected climate changes that inform assessment activities. The Lead Senior Scientist provides scientific oversight for the development of NOAA’s assessment services and helps coordinate and implement distributed and centralized high-resolution modeling capabilities.
  • a science communications team providing scientific writing, editorial, graphic design, and report production expertise to facilitate the development of content and the delivery of printed and electronic versions of assessment products
  • a a software engineering and web development team providing advanced web design and development services, computationally intensive analyses of climate data and model outputs, and a range of web-based tools and reports.
  • A data team led by a data architect who oversees data management activities, ensuring the data provenance, tracking, and transparency required for scientific reports categorized as Highly Influential Scientific Assessments.

The TSU staff also has significant project management expertise, with many years of collective experiencing helping coordinate and manage complex, multiyear assessment development cycles.

Some of our skills are highlighted on our Expertise: Climate Assessments page.