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State Climate Offices: A Resource for Climate Services. Hope Mizzell , PhD SC State Climatologist SC Dept. of Natural Resources Columbia, SC. Ryan Boyles, PhD NC State Climatologist NC State University Raleigh, NC. Virginia and Carolinas Climate Conference October 20, 2009

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

State Climate Offices:A Resource for Climate Services

Hope Mizzell, PhD

SC State Climatologist

SC Dept. of Natural Resources

Columbia, SC

Ryan Boyles, PhD

NC State Climatologist

NC State University

Raleigh, NC

Virginia and Carolinas Climate Conference

October 20, 2009

Wilmington, NC


History

History

State Climatologist was in Weather Bureau

Late 1960s: NWS eliminates SC position – asks states to create programs

1976: American Association of State Climatologists founded

1976: NC Climate Office established, UNC-CH (Peter Robinson)

1980: NC office moves to NC State University

1981: SC Climate Office established, SC Water Resources Commission

1986: Legislation enacted forming SC State Climate Office, John Purvis, (1920-2009)

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Mission service research education

Mission: Service, Research, Education

  • Archive, process, and disseminate weather and climate data

    • Collect data when necessary

  • Assist government agencies

    • Decision support

  • Conduct research related to weather and climate issues

  • Educate public on current and emerging climate issues

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Climate services

Climate Services

  • Provides public resource for climate information

    • Current, historical data

    • Digital and hard copy libraries

  • Places events in historical perspective

  • Statewide scope, often a local focus

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Climate services1

Climate Services

  • Information, analysis for researchers, students, agencies

    • Not just climate data

  • Decision support for government

    • Federal, state, local

  • Focal point for media, private sector

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

Ending 7 AM October 13, 2009

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Climate services sc

Climate Services: SC

  • Severe Weather Email List Serve

  • Weekly Weather Summary (On-line and USDA Crop and Weather Summary)

  • Soybean Rust Newsletter

  • State’s Emergency Operations Team

  • Coordinate State’s Drought Response

    (SC Drought Response Act)

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Climate services nc

Climate Services: NC

ENSO-based crop management tools

Peanut disease advisories

Drought monitoring tools (wx & water)

Fire, smoke management

Storm water monitoring, management

Severe weather climatology tools

Evaporation monitoring, climatology

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Climate research

Climate Research

  • Climate variability, change at state, local levels

  • Analysis of extremes, severe weather

  • Applied research

    • Agricultural production

    • Natural Resources management

    • Utilities (Water, Electric)

    • City & Regional Planning

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Climate research sc

Climate Research: SC

Evaluation of Federal, State, and Local Drought Indicators

SC Temperature and Precipitation Trends: 1901-2005

Spatial Distribution of Tropical-Cyclone Induced Precipitation

Severe Weather Climatologies

Carolina Integrated Science and Assessments

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

Summer Average Temperature Change 1901 - 2005

Maximum

Minimum

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Climate research nc

Climate Research: NC

Impacts of ENSO, NAO on winter weather

Role of evaporation, solar radiation on crop management

Mesocale precipitation forcing

Integrating observations and models into high-res climate analysis

Climate change detection

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Climate education

Climate Education

  • Outreach to school, community groups

    • K-12, higher edu, adult edu

  • Presentations, activities, training courses

    • Water managers, growers, civic groups

  • In person, online, and remote

    • Hundreds of contact hours each year

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Climate education sc

Climate Education: SC

  • 3 “Natural Resource” Middle Schools

    • Automated weather stations

    • Special lesson plans

  • Weather photo contest

  • SC Wildlife Magazine

  • SC Making It Grow

  • 44 online articles

    • New Tornado Rating System

    • Hail: Summer Ice Storm

    • Storm Ready Community

    • Debris-Flow Landslides

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Climate education sc1

Climate Education: SC

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Climate education nc

Climate Education: NC

New online resource for agriculture extension agents, growers

Local middle school internships

Student photo contest

Groundhog Day

WeatherWeb lesson plans for teachers – win an ECONet station

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State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


State climate offices a resource for climate services

Virginia & Carolinas Climate Conference - October 20, 2009 - Wilmington, NC


Climate offices

Climate Offices

  • Almost every state has an Office

    • Many with special skills adapted to their state

  • All share commitment to service, research, education

  • All depend on collaboration with government, academic partners

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