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Climate Change Science Institute director wants to increase information


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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 21, 2013 – Jack Fellows, the new director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, wants his organization to provide comprehensive information to policy makers and the general public to improve understanding of global climate change.

Fellows said ORNL’s powerful computational science capabilities are critical tools.

“We look at advancing the knowledge of our system modeling, describing the consequences of climate change and how we would evaluate and inform policy people,” said Fellows, who noted ORNL’s powerful computational science capabilities are critical tools in the process. “We do that by modeling all the data tools that researchers and policy people need to use in decision making and evaluating and how you analyze various policy options.”

Fellows hopes to increase the amount of climate change research knowledge made available to the science community and other interested parties.

“There is a lot of important work in both research and tool building,” Fellows said. “My expectation is that we will expand on these activities and make that output more available and responsive to stakeholder needs. A significant part of that will be focused on bridging that gap between fundamental research and the needs of decision makers.”

Fellows has more than 20 years experience studying climate science.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit


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