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.

The TSU provides scientific and technical expertise in support of the development of National Climate Assessments 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 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 provides 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 software engineering and web development team provides 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, ensures 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 experience helping coordinate and manage complex, multiyear assessment development cycles.

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

Click the arrows below to see screenshots of some of the websites we have created. See the Products and Tools page for links to these and other products.

Ozone 2018
NCA3
Climate and Health
CSSR
State Summaries
NCA4
SOCCR2

As part of the web products included for each National Climate Assessment (NCA), the TSU has designed and implemented an interactive Metadata Viewer. This viewer allows users to explore and interact with all of the collected figure metadata documentation. This documentation is directed by the Information Quality Act (IQA), and through this viewer, the TSU demonstrates NCA compliance with the IQA. The IQA requires NCA data to be transparent and accessible, with documentation collected at such a level of detail that the NCA science is also reproducible. Accessed on the report websites by clicking the “eyeball” icon above each figure, the viewer is launched and guides users through sources, datasets, scientific and visualization methods, and tools used to create each figure. Additionally, users are able to download metadata documentation in multiple file formats, individual figure panels, and for some figures, the derived datasets analyzed to produce the figure. Click the “eyeball” to the right below to launch the viewer for a complex example of NCA metadata information.

Eyeball Indicators of Change

NCA4 Figure 1.2: Indicators of Change