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... . It is devoted to research for making science-based climate information more accessible and useful to decision makers responsible for managing resources likely to be affected by climate variability or change in "sectors" defined by resources (such as water)
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... We recommend that the Sectoral Applications Research Program support research to identify and foster the innovations needed to make information about climate variability and change more usable in specific sectors, including research on the processes that influence success or failure in the creation of knowledge-action networks for making climate information useful for decision mak ing. This should be the major focus of the Sectoral Applications Research Program support over the next 3-5 years.
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... We recommend that the Sectoral Applications Research Program, beginning no earlier than 1 year after funding the first workshop, support one or more pilot projects to create or enhance a knowledge action network for supporting climate-related decisions in a sector (defined by resource or decision domain)
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... Such research would include studies of possible strategies for overcoming barriers to innovation. This research should include • studies to understand the conditions under which existing networks incorporate sources of knowledge about climate change and variability; • studies to understand how individuals or relatively unorganized constituencies can develop ways to become informed about how climate variability and change may affect them; and • studies to improve understanding of the roles that information from climate science can play in network construction and continuity.
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... Pilot projects should represent a significant fraction of the overall SARP budget beginning in year two or three, with funds coming from reallocations of support from the research program and workshops. The number of pilot projects undertaken should depend on what is learned from the workshops about the number of networks that are ripe for successful pilot projects and on the SARP budget.
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... Such a monitoring approach would aim at recording and analyzing trends in metrics that are appropriate for each type of SARP activity: pilot projects, workshops, and use-inspired research. It would employ multiple metrics, some of them recording processes in SARP and some tapping outputs and outcomes.

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