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NWS Climate Services. Michelle Hawkins, PhD Climate Services Division NWS Partners Meeting June 29, 2010. 1. 1. Outline. Overview of the Division Ongoing Activities Emerging Collaborations Climate Services. RCSDs. SLAs. Regional SLA Visits. NOAA Climate Service. The Climate Service.

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Nws climate services

NWS Climate Services

Michelle Hawkins, PhD

Climate Services Division

NWS Partners Meeting

June 29, 2010

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Outline
Outline

  • Overview of the Division

  • Ongoing Activities

  • Emerging Collaborations

  • Climate Services


RCSDs

SLAs

Regional SLA Visits

NOAA Climate Service

The Climate Service

CSPMs

CSFPs

PEP

Visitor/Partnership Program

DATA ISSUES

Data

AASC

RCCs

Annual Face-to-Face Meetings

Directives

STANDARDIZED

Web Pages

Monthly CSPM Conference Calls (86)

TRAINING

PBBES

Tool Development

SEE

Data

LCAT

CFSv2 meeting

ENERGY

ESPC

BUDGET PLANNING

Devils Lake

OUTREACH

SPACE WEATHER

BUDGET TRACKING

EDUCATION

HEALTH

JCEAPP

CPAS Workshops

Partnerships

SANCTUARIES

2000

2011


Vision
Vision

NWS Climate Services Division

Updated in June 2011

An engaged, responsive NWS that delivers state-of-the-art, timely, and reliable climate information and decision support services to help the Nation address environmental impacts

Mission

To ensure NWS has the capacity to develop and deliver reliable climate services integrated with weather and water informationthrough user engagement, policy development, data stewardship, incorporation of research into operations, training, education, and outreach in collaboration with partners


Nws climate services program training
NWS Climate Services ProgramTraining

  • Developed by CSD with instructors drawn from CSD, CPC, NCDC, & OAR

  • Courses

    • Three direct-contact courses

      • Operational Climate Services Delivery (Ops) course (NWSTC)

      • Climate Variability and Change Virtual Course (CVCVC) (through COMET)

      • Advanced Climate Variability course (through COMET)

    • Online training at CSD website

      • 30 hours, Available to anyone

      • Academia and technical groups

    • Targeted training for technical user groups

      • California Department of Water Resources (hydrologists, water resource and supply managers, and engineers)

      • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

      • Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

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Cooperative Observing Program

Optimizing the network to include siting and spacing

Updating older equipment

Implementing cost effective measures

Increasing near real-time observations

Increasing data availability for users

Ensuring climate data is of the highest quality

Ensuring the latest (1981-2010) climate normals are integrated into NWS products

NWS Climate Services ProgramData

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Nws climate services program partners exchange program pep
NWS Climate Services ProgramPartners Exchange Program (PEP)

  • Visitors/Partnership Program (2001-2005)

  • PEP (2010-current)

    • Purpose

      • Establish mutually-beneficial relationships among climate partners by formally connecting the climate services community that exists both internal and external to NOAA

      • Strengthen partnerships by establishing two-way communication and face-to-face collaboration between NOAA and the broader climate community

    • FY10: 4 participants

      • 1 academia (co-sponsor for FY11 CPAS workshop)

      • 3 NOAA personnel

    • FY11: 9-10 participants

      • NOAA

      • Academia

      • Public works

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NWS Climate Services ProgramOutreach

  • Brochures and one-pagers

    • Climate Series

  • “Smart chart”

    • Climate & Weather

    • Climate Variability versus Climate Change

    • Climate Phenomena (e.g., El Niño/La Niña, monsoon, etc.)

  • Climate 101

  • Climate change information for the general public

  • New projects

    • Daily climate question/answer

    • Use of social media (e.g., podcasts, YouTube videos)

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NWS Climate Services ProgramEducation

  • National Science Teachers Association in FY10 and FY11

  • NOS Climate Stewards Program Leadership Team

    • Formal and informal educators

    • 15 hours of professional development in climate studies and to do a special, climate-related project with their class/es

  • Climate information for elementary school level

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Devils Lake Decision Support System

NOAA included in Interagency Team lead by USACE for 90-day response to develop options and recommendations

Leveraged NWS field infrastructure to facilitate local activities

Incorporated resources from NOAA partners to support NOAA activities

Sanctuaries

NWS (CPC and WFO) GFS forecasts: daily and weekly products were included in the “Monument’s Bleaching and Disease Response Plan”

NWS Climate Services ProgramCollaborations

www.devilslake.noaa.gov

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NWS Climate Services ProgramExternal Collaboration

  • Health

    • NOAA-CDC MOU: provides a formal cooperative framework to further collaborative efforts

      • Strengthens science and services to reduce environmental and public health threats

      • Promotes the efficient use of shared technologies and infrastructure

      • Enhances the accuracy, timeliness, and integrated application of data and information to address public health issues

    • Incorporate CDC statements on NWS Web pages – local offices and national

      • Provide health alerts for potential local weather and climate-related health hazards

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NWS Climate Services ProgramExternal Collaboration

  • Energy

    • Supporting energy/climate-related activities on NWS Energy Team

      • NOAA-wide Energy Team developing the NOAA Energy Plan

      • Action Plan for Memorandum of Understanding on Weather-dependent and Oceanic Renewable Energy Resources – out of MOU between NOAA and DOE

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Noaa climate services
NOAA Climate Services

  • President’s FY12 budget proposal to develop a NOAA Climate Service

    • A single point of contact in NOAA to provide credible, useful, and timely information products

  • Work with the broader climate service enterprise, including other Federal, state, and local government agencies, the academic community, and the private sector to provide services and information for decision-making.


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NOAA Climate Services

  • Mitigation and adaptation choices supported by sustained, reliable, and timely climate services

  • A climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions

Continue to advance all of NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives, including Climate

  • An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts

    • Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts

    • Assessments of current and future states of the climate system that identify potential impacts and inform science, service, and stewardship decisions

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NWS Climate Services

Climate Services delivery at local levels

  • Partner at Regional Levels

    • Regional meetings

  • Observations; Climate products; Local climate studies; User engagement/outreach; Training

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.


Questions
Questions?

For more information visit: http://www.weather.gov/om/csd/

Thank You!


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