The committee leads the ASA’s participation Climate Science Day (CSD), an annual event where scientists from many disciplines visit Congress to inform policymakers about climate change science and serve as a resource for inquiries. Climate Science Day is organized collaboratively by more than a dozen scientific professional associations to build relationships between climate researchers and Congress and to inform policymakers of the consensus view of the scientific community on climate change. The collaboration leading CSD is called the Climate Science Working Group.
The second principal activity of the committee is organizing sessions at a variety of conferences on climate-related topics. For the Joint Statistical and other statistical meetings, the goal is to interest the statistical community in climate related research and to keep the community informed of statistical developments in this area; for non-statistical conferences, to provide a statistical perspective and foster cross disciplinary collaborations.
The committee has participated in a number of other activities since its founding in late 2008, including organizing a special issue of CHANCE, The Role of Statistics in Climate Research, and a widely viewed article in Amstat News on the status of climate change science.
The committee welcomes ideas for further activities through communications to its staff liaison, ASA Director of Science Policy Steve Pierson.