Earth from space

Because many environmental policy-setting institutions rely on clear scientific information for decisions, CSL makes it a priority to assess and translate scientific understanding for constituents. Our researchers play extensive roles in leading, authoring, and reviewing international and national scientific state-of-understanding assessments on climate, air quality, and the stratospheric ozone layer.

As an indication of the value of placed on such scientific assessments, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in communicating understanding of climate variability and change through its scientific reports. Several CSL researchers are among those who have contributed to the IPCC reports.

International and national scientific assessments for which CSL has provided leadership or other contributions:

Additional detail on CSL's specific roles in these assessments can be found in two documents developed for the 2021 Chemical Sciences Review: CSL Leadership Roles and CSL Outreach, Communication, Education

U.S. regional assessments for government

CSL also provides focused U.S. regional assessments to support air quality and climate decision making at state and local levels of government. Working with stakeholders, CSL identifies information needs, and then designs and carries out research studies to meet those needs. CSL works closely with stakeholders to provide the information in forms that will be most useful, including reports and briefings.