Edited by VIJENDRA K. BOKEN, ARTHUR P. CRACKNELL and RONALD L. HEATHCOTE.

I am a meteorologist, who is primarily interested in climate change over time periods from seasons to decades. Over my career I have analyzed precipitation observations for the Sahel, India and the western United States. Currently, I am working with a regional climate model that predicts soil moisture both in rain-fed and irrigated regions. I agreed to do this review because I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about how recent advances in climate science have been transferred to researchers and agencies, which are...

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