COMMENTS FROM PEER REVIEWERS AUTHOR'S RESPONSE
Chapter Page Line Comment Text Notes on Response
as suggested in the
Beyond scope of
Agree, but see
but no further
G-1 01 All All All Also, I found the report to be long, especially if the x All lead authors felt that length of their chapters was
intended audience are groups interested in further determined by SAP requirements; we note that other
developing the DSS tools described as case studies. reviewers felt chapters weren’t long enough.
G-2 01 All All All Also, I found the report to be long, especially to x The objective “to encourage NASA….” suggested
engage NASA in helping advance other existing by the reviewer is outside the scope of the SAP.
but less developed DSS.
G-3 01 All All All While the text provides good general information, x The SAP does not call for quantitative
the reader is often not given a full sense benchmarking of improvements enabled by earth
improvements gained by incorporating the NASA observations. Rather, the SAP requires us to focus
or other Earth observation data. Other than for the on responding to the specific set of questions given
renewable resources chapter (Chapter 3), the text in section 1.3 “Questions to be Addressed.”
and the summary both lack quantitative data on
whether the NASA data and models help improve
farming, water management, air quality, etc., even
in the specific instance of the case studies selected
for the report.
G-4 01 All All All Other than the Public Health example, the other The lead authors reviewed their use of figures in
sections have no useful figures or no figures at all light of comments from all of the report’s reviewers;
showing data quality, results improvement trends, in several cases, reviewers liked the figures. Lead
DST interfaces, money saved, etc. authors have responded individually to this
comment in revising their chapters.
G-5 01 All All All While some of the chapters have some figures, x We asked our lead authors to review their figures in
these are not that useful, and several sections have light of this and other reviewers’ comments; in some
none. cases, other reviewers found all figures useful. We
note that the figures in the Exec Sum are taken
directly from the SAP.
G-6 01 All All All The sections on "uncertainty" for each case study x We asked all of our lead authors to review this
are vague and don't convey a sense of improvement section of their chapters.
other than through a positive language in the report
-but this can be read as significant hand-waving.
G-7 01 All 32 The author states that NASA's effort with x We have revised the Exec Sum to make explicit the
supporting PECAD has not addressed developing a point that none of the DSTs we initially considered,
strategy for climate change -and the same is true for nor those we eventually selected for the case studies
the other case studies; yet this was a requirement in in this report, has to date made extensive use of
the Prospectus. climate-change information nor been applied to
study of effects of a changing climate. Our study of
In my opinion, the report does not really help DDSPL in the public health chapter is an exception.
develop a very deep understanding of the relevance However, in all of the case studies, the owners and
of DSTs to management and also to help operators of theDSTs acknowledge that their DSTs
understand climate change predictions or climate can be used for these purposes in the future.
The statements addressing the requirements listed
in the Prospectus are vague.
Among these, the reasons given to exclude research
(for example the requirement for real-time data) are
G-8 01 water It is hard to understand the role that NASA is x Out of Scope and was not provided to LA
resource playing in developing or improving the DST, or
manageme how NASA is helping integrate Earth observations
nt and models into the DST.
G-9 01 Water 2197 Simply mentioning some satellites is not enough to This was provided to each LA (i.e., included in their
Resource show how space-based Earth Observation data is tracking matrix)
acceptable for use in the climate science
policy making community.
Also, to identify areas in which decision
support tools need to be developed, what data
streams need to be continued for their
effective use, and what new data streams may
need to be made available.
A-01 01 Appendic Format should be consistent for references in each x
R-01 Reference Format should be consistent for references in each x