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PUBLIC LAW 95-000—MMMM. DD, 1978

92 STAT. 602

Establishment. Administration.


Five-year plan, submittal to Congress.

PUBLIC LAW 95-367—SEPT. 17, 1978 and Space Administration; the Council on Environmental Quality; the National Science Foundation; and the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and (3) provide for Program coordination. (c) NATIONAL CLIMATE PROGRAM OFFICE.—The Secretary shall establish within the Department of Commerce a National Climate Program Office not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. The Office shall be the lead entity responsible for administering the Program. Each Federal officer, employee, department and agency involved in the Program shall cooperate with the Secretary in carrying out the provisions of this Act. (d) PROGRAM ELEMENTS.—The Program shall include, but not be limited to, the following elements: (1) assessments of the effect of climate on the natural environment, agricultural production, energy supply and demand, land and water resources, transportation, human health and national security. Such assessments shall be conducted to the maximum extent possible by those Federal agencies having national programs in food, fiber, raw materials, energy, transportation, land and water management, and other such responsibilities, in accordance with existing laws and regulations. Where appropriate such assessments may include recommendations for action; (2) basic and applied research to improve the understanding of climate processes, natural and man induced, and the social, economic, and political implications of climate change; (3) methods for improving climate forecasts on a monthly, seasonal, yearly, and longer basis; (4) global data collection, and monitoring and analysis activities to provide reliable, useful and readily available information on a continuing basis; (5) systems for the management and active dissemination of climatological data, information and assessments, including mechanisms for consultation with current and potential users; (6) measures for increasing international cooperation in climate research, monitoring, analysis and data dissemination; (7) mechanisms for intergovernmental climate-relaited studies and services including participation by universities, the private sector and others concerned with applied research and advisory services; (8) experimental climate forecast centers. Which shall (A) be responsible for making and routinely updating experimental climate forecasts of a monthly, seasonal, annual, and longer nature, based on a variety of experimental techniques; (B) establish procedures to have forecasts reviewed and their accuracy evaluated; and (C) protect against premature reliance on such experimental forecasts; and (9) a preliminary 5-year plan, to be submitted to the Congress for review and comment, not later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act, and a final 5-year plan to be submitted to the Congress not later than 1 year after the enactment of this Act, that shall be revised and extended biennially. Each plan shall establish the goals and priorities for the Program, including the intergovernmental program under section 6, over the subsequent 5-year period, and shall contain details regarding (A) the role of Federal agencies in the programs, (B) Federal funding required to enable the Program to achieve such goals, and (C) Program accomplish-