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8/8/2019, 2018 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2019 Outlook

  • William Sweet is a NOAA CO-OPS oceanographer researching and developing products about how sea level rise affects coastal flood risk. He helped the U.S. Department of Defense assess coastal flood risk across their global installations and was a lead author for the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment. He enjoys sailing the Chesapeake Bay and teaching his kids about the signs of sea level rise from his home in Annapolis.

    High tide flooding (HTF) is increasingly common due to years of relative sea level increases. In fact, last year (2018/2019), the rate of HTF broke or tied numerous local and national records and busied NOAA Weather Forecast Offices, which issued record numbers of coastal flood advisories. More of the same is expected next year (2019/2020). Impacts are typically more disruptive than out-right damaging, but responding to HTF requires time and resources is becoming a serious concern in many coastal communities. Impacts are mounting, and in response, NOAA's National Ocean Service has been tracking changes in flood risk and issuing annual reports providing predictions to help communities plan and prepare accordingly. This talk will dig into the most recent report and new NOAA products that focus on tracking the rapid uptick in HTF trends, identifying the coastal regions at risk and providing next-year and next-decade projections for about 100 U.S. coastal locations.


6/20/2019, NCEI Billion Dollar Disasters

  • Adam Smith is an applied climatologist at the Center for Weather & Climate. He performs research to homogenize and transition disparate disaster data sources into better quality-controlled disaster cost frameworks, as research tools and has expertise in developing methods to quantify natural disaster costs and uncertainty:

    Smith regularly briefs the U.S. Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction on U.S. disaster cost and serves as NOAA expert on U.S. disaster loss data in support of the international Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2016-2019). Smith is also a member of the NIST National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, the American Meteorological Society Committee on Financial Weather/Climate Risk Management and the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk interdisciplinary working group on Natural Disaster Risk/Loss Data integration.

03/12/2019, Solar Variability and Climate Change: Specification and Projection

  • Judith Lean, Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research in the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, will give a presentation about solar variability impacts on climate. Solar radiation is Earth’s primary energy source. Four decades of space-based observations establish that solar radiation varies bolometrically and at all wavelengths, on multiple times scales, primarily that of the Sun’s 11-year activity cycle. Models that account for the modulation of solar irradiance by bright faculae and dark sunspots successfully reproduce the observations and extend knowledge of solar irradiance variability to longer time scales and over a broader wavelength range needed for input to climate change simulations. Changing solar irradiance imposes natural forcing of Earth’s climate and atmosphere, simultaneously with other natural (ENSO, volcanic eruption) and anthropogenic forcings. The recent so-called climate change “hiatus” demonstrates the societal, economic and political reverberations of inadequate or absent speci􀃖cation of natural forcing, including by solar variability, on time scales of decades. The skill of annual surface temperature projections made each year over the past seven years as part of the UK Met O􀃕ice “Decadal Forecast Exchange” is demonstrated. Scenarios for climate change in future decades are shown for di􀃕erent natural and anthropogenic in􀃗uences.

02/13/2019, Overview of the Fourth National Climate Assessment

  • Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux hosts an overview of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which she is a co-author of.

    Dr. Dupigny-Giroux is a Professor of Climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont. She uses a variety of mixed methods from remotely sensed data to statistics and historical content analysis, to explore the influence of atmospheric processes on fluvial processes and vegetated landscapes. She specializes in climate hazards and severe weather, with a special focus on flooding and droughts. As the State Climatologist for Vermont, she engages directly with community groups, Federal and State agencies, and national climate organizations.

    She is the lead editor of Historical climate variability and impacts in North America, the first monograph to deal with the use of documentary and other ancillary records for analyzing climate variability and change.

    Dr. Dupigny-Giroux' awards and grants include: the 2018 Association for Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award in the Academia/Research category; the NSF-funded Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) professional development program for in-service K-12 science and mathematics teachers and the NSF-funded Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance diversity in climatology.

    Nationally, she is the lead author for the Northeast Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment of the US Global Change Research Program. She also serves on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group helping to guide climate research across the US. In 2014, she was a Scholar-in-Residence for the Sustainability Graduate Institute at Goddard College, and their Commencement Speaker in Spring 2015. In 2015, Dr. Dupigny-Giroux was elected a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering in recognition of her academic and outreach contributions to the state.

12/12/2017, The Making of the US Drought Monitor

  • Brian Fuchs is a faculty member and climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) which is housed within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Brian first came to the School of Natural Resources in May of 2000, working as a Regional Climatologist for the High Plains Regional Climate Center. He started working with the National Drought Mitigation Center in December 2005. Brian’s work is focused on drought related issues and research projects in both the United States and internationally. The drought related work concentrates on research involving mitigation, risk assessment, monitoring, impact, and reporting of drought. As a Climatologist, Brian works on various applied research projects for the NDMC as well as authoring the United States Drought Monitor and the North American Drought Monitor along with several others. This work helps others to better understand the impacts related to drought across a diverse group of industries from agriculture, energy, tourism, transportation as well as social and environmental concerns.

10/24/2017, NCEI's Datzilla Gatekeeper Supports The Data Archive

  • Bryant Korzeniewski is a Class of 2000 Graduate from The University Of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelor\'s of Science Degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He has worked with various federal contracts at the National Centers For Environmental Information (NCEI) for over 17 years on various projects related to data modernization, data receipt, and data quality. Bryant serves as NCEI\'s Class Instructor at the Climate Network Operations (CNO) and Operational Climate Services (ClimateOps) Classes that are held at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, MO. With NCEI as the Lead Centre for WMO Regional Association (RA) IV, he also regularly interacts with countries and colleagues at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in support of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) for its GCOS Surface Network (GSN) and GCOS Upper Air Network (GUAN) Stations. In his free time outside of work, Bryant volunteers for multiple agencies and causes in the Asheville, NC area. Bryant has been the recipient of "Person Of The Week" as presented by WLOS-TV back in December 2015 for his volunteer efforts with the Asheville Downtown Association which can be viewed at:

8/8/2017, Regional Climate Center Overview: WRCC & MRCC

  • Nina Oakley is Regional Climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Nina has been with WRCC for over 6 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and is currently working on a PhD in Atmospheric Science at UNR studying extreme precipitation and debris flows in California. Besides weather and climate, Nina enjoys surfing, paddling, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

    Dr. Hall joined the MRCC in January 2012 as its Director. Her career with the Regional Climate Center program began in 1995 when she started her Master's Degree in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Her research began with the development of Nevada climate products for the local National Weather Service's (NWS-Reno) fire weather forecaster.

    After earning her PhD at UNR in Atmospheric Sciences, she entered the field of academia becoming a lecturer and state climatologist at the University of New Hampshire. Here, she gained a greater appreciation for the diversity of not only climate across the US but the funding, responsibilities, and roles each state climatologist has and how state climatologists can complement the US Regional Climate Centers and other climate services programs.

    Since joining the MRCC, Dr. Hall has worked closely with the NWS-WFOs across her region and has lead regional road trips that allowed her and her staff to meet with over 22 offices across her region.

7/11/2017, Regional Climate Center Overview: HPRCC & SRCC

  • Natalie Umphlett is the interim director and regional climatologist of the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC). The HPRCC is housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its mission is to increase the use and availability of climate data and information in the High Plains region. Natalie joined the Center in 2008 and hasn't had a boring day of work since. She holds a B.S. in Meteorology/Climatology and an M.S. in Geosciences, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Climate Assessment and Impacts and is expected to graduate next year. Although she has lived in Nebraska for quite some time, she is originally from Gainesville, GA and became interested in the weather when a tornado hit her hometown, including her high school, on March 20, 1998. For fun, Natalie enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and traveling.

    Born and raised in South Dakota, Kyle graduated with an undergraduate degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) in 2004. His major was interdisciplinary studies with an atmospheric sciences focus. During that time Kyle worked for the Animal and Range Sciences department at SDSU (S. Dak. St.). Following the completion of his B.S., Kyle worked for the South Dakota state climatologist at the time, Dr. Dennis Todey, installing mesonet stations throughout western South Dakota. He returned to SDSMT and completed his master's degree in 2007; his thesis focused on micrometeorology (trace gas fluxes/carbon budgets). Following the completion of his M.S., Kyle obtained employment at the Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC) as the user services climatologist, beginning in 2008. He remained in that position until April 2017, at which point he was promoted to his current position of regional climatologist at the SRCC.

5/30/2017, Regional Climate Center Overview: NRCC & SERCC

  • Keith Eggleston is the Regional Climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate (NRCC) at Cornell University. He has been working for the Climate Center since 1982, when he was hired as the original Climate Center employee. His current duties include managing the NRCC's climate services program and designing and developing climate information products for the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS), such as xmACIS and NOWData. He is also the lead RCC contact for ThreadEx and Datzilla, and serves as a member of the National Climate Data Stewardship Team.

    Chip Konrad is the Director of the NOAA funded Southeast Regional Climate Center He is also an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has expertise across a wide range of areas in applied and synoptic climatology, including heavy precipitation, tornadoes, hurricanes, cold air outbreaks, and winter weather. He has published numerous research articles in various scientific journals, including Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, the International Journal of Climatology, Climate Research, and Applied Geography. And he was a co-author on the Southeast Technical Report for the National Climate Assessment.

4/13/2017, Communicating NOAA's Science, Service, and Stewardship to the Nation

  • Brady Phillips is a public affairs specialist at NOAA's Office of Communications headquarters in Washington, DC. He works collaboratively with staff to communicate about NOAA's climate science and services, and to enhance relationships and communications with key media and stakeholders. He also served in the NOAA Office of the Under Secretary as the Program Coordination Office (PCO) liaison to the National Ocean Service. Prior to working at NOAA headquarters, he worked for more than 17 years with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries working on a diversity of jobs related to coastal and ocean resource management on the West Coast and the Pacific Islands. Brady earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University.

4/13/2017, Frost/Freeze Guidance Project

  • Molly Woloszyn is the Extension Climate Specialist for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, which are both a part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the extension climate specialist for both programs, Molly is responsible for communicating climate-related information to various audiences throughout the Midwest. Molly's current work includes assisting local governments adapt to weather extremes and climate change, providing expertise on historical trends and potential local impacts of climate change, and working on the MRCC's Vegetation Impact Program (VIP). Molly's educational background includes a Master's Degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University.

2/7/2017, Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI)

  • Barbara Mayes Boustead is a meteorologist and climate program leader at the National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska, with a career that has also taken her through its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and through the office in the Quad Cities. She also is serving as the interim Climate Services Program Manager for Central Region. A Michigan native, Barbara obtained undergraduate degrees from Central Michigan University in 2000, with majors in meteorology, geography, and English, and minors in mathematics and history, followed by an M.S. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Climate Assessment and Impacts from the University of Nebraska in 2014. Her professional interests include climate, historical weather events, severe and extreme weather, and improving communication of weather and climate concepts. Barbara also researches the weather and climate events from all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

1/17/2017, Weather-Ready Nation for NWS Climate Focal Points

  • Douglas Hilderbrand is coming up on his 15-year milestone in Feb. 2017 with the National Weather Service. Starting off as a surface analyst at the then called Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, he moved to NWS HQ in 2004 working in the Office of Science & Technology. After a 2-year detail as a NOAA Policy Adviser from 2011-2013 for NOAA leadership, he moved to the Office of Communications as the external engagement lead and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador lead. Recently, the Ambassador initiative surpassed 4000 recognized organizations that are contributing to strengthening resilience to extreme weather, water, and climate events.

9/10/2015, CPC Experimental Week 3-4 Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks

  • Jon currently works at the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) within NOAA's National Weather Service. Jon has worked at CPC since 2004. During this time, Jon served as CPC Head of Forecast Operations where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day routine production and dissemination of CPC's operational forecast products. More recently, he was named Chief of the Operational Prediction Branch within CPC, and is now responsible for outlining the overall direction of operational forecast-related activities. Jon earned both a B.S. and M.S. degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

4/28/2015, Heat Adaptation, Vulnerability, and Emergency Planning

  • Kate Goodin is the Epidemiology and Data Services Program Manager for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, Arizona. In this role she oversees a wide range of epidemiology functions including heat related illness, preparedness and bioterrorism, unexplained deaths, community health assessments, chronic disease and MCH epidemiology, and health economics and ROI. Ms. Goodin has a Masters degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The George Washington University.

12/10/2014, The Melting Arctic...What the science says, and what it means for our future

  • Marjorie McGuirk consults in climate arts and sciences through her company CASE Consultants International, in Asheville, North Carolina. As an expert consultant to the World Meteorological Organization, she is a contributing author of the Global Framework for Climate Services Implementation Plan and principal author of the User Interface Platform, which underpins international collaboration on climate services. She has contributed expertise to most of the Commissions of the WMO. She consults with various clients to build collaborative projects with industry, academia, and professional trade associations. Before her retirement from NOAA, she served with NESDIS, NWS, and OAR. At NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, she was Chief of Staff and also National Partnership Liaison with the Regional Climate Centers and the American Association of State Climatologists. Working in fields such as aviation, agriculture, energy, hydrology, landscaping, and instrumentation, Marjorie has published on the topics of climate services, data managing, instruments, and on climate change impacts on US transportation systems for the US National Research Council.

11/19/2014, NWS Climate Services Seminar, One of these is not like the other: Variability in PDO teleconnections to North America's winter climate

  • Steph McAfee is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and she has a strong interest in applied climatology, climate services and high-latitude climate. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the Alaska Climate Science Center.

8/8/2014, The Audacity of an Ocean Prediction System

  • Dr. Nicholas Bond is a principal research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) of the University of Washington (UW) and also holds an appointment as an affiliate associate professor with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the UW. He is the State Climatologist for Washington. He has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. His research is on a broad range of topics with a focus on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific. He cheerfully admits to being a weather geek, as evidenced by his preference to visit Alaska in winter, and steamy places like Florida in summer.

8/1/2014, Using the Science of Story to Enhance Climate Article Writing

  • The only West Point graduate to turn professional storyteller, Kendall Haven also holds a Doctorate in Oceanography. Now a master storyteller, Haven has performed for over 6.8 million adults and children around the world. He has also has led research efforts on effective story structure at the National Storytelling Association. An internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on the cognitive and neuro-science of story, Haven created the first detailed, tested model of dynamic story architecture that accounts for the neurology of how narrative material is processed, understood, remembered, and recalled in a receiver's mind.

6/25/2014, A Temporal Perspective on Recent Arctic Sea Ice Changes and Their Impacts

  • Dr. John Walsh is a Research Professor at the International Research Center/University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research has addressed Arctic climate weather variability, with an emphasis on sea ice variability and the role of sea ice and snow cover in weather and climate. Dr. Walsh is a Convening Lead Author for the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, and he was a lead author for the Polar Regions chapter of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He co-chaired the Polar Research Board committee on sea ice prediction. Before joining the University of Alaska, he spent 30 years on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he taught courses on weather and climate. He has co-authored a textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

5/30/2014 Linkages Between Arctic Warming and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns: A Workshop Summary

  • Katie Thomas of the National Academies served as the Study Author for the report, Linkages Between Arctic Warming and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns: Summary of a Workshop.

    David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist and Director of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University, served as the Chair of the Workshop Committee.

5/28/2014, Third National Climate Assessment

  • Gary W. Yohe is the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles; most of his recent work has focused attention on the risk-management approach to the mitigation and adaptation sides of the climate change issue. He has been a senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since the mid 1990's. Dr. Yohe also served as member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change. He served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on America's Climate Choices (Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change Adaptation) and the National Research Council Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations. He continues to serve as a co-editor (along with Michael Oppenheimer) of Climatic Change and a Vice-Chair of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee for the current Administration; and he is Convening Lead AAuthor and he advises the Core Writing Team for the Synthesis Report for the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

3/26/2014, Warming Arctic and Potential Shifts in Mid-latitude Weather: Faster than Expected

  • Dr. James Overland is a research oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle and an affiliate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His very productive scientific career has focused on both physical and ecological systems in the Arctic.

    In this presentation, Dr. Overland discusses recent changes in the Arctic and the possibility that they are related to extreme weather events in the mid-latitudes.

1/30/2014, IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Summary of the Science of Climate Change

  • Dr. Philip W. Mote is a professor in the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University; director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) for the Oregon University System; and director of Oregon Climate Services, the official state climate office for Oregon. Dr. Mote's current research interests include scenario development, regional climate change, regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers' personal computers, and adaptation to climate change. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium for the Northwest, and the co-leader of the Northwest Climate Science Center for the US Department of the Interior. Since 2005 he has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a coordinating lead author and advisory council member for the US National Climate Assessment, and has served on numerous author teams for the National Research Council (NRC). He earned a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, and arrived at OSU to establish OCCRI in 2009.