1.4 Regional Climate Services: A Regional Partnership between NOAA and USDA

Monday, 26 June 2017: 9:15 AM
Mt. Mitchell/Mt. Roan (Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort)
Douglas R. Kluck, NOAA, Kansas City, MO; and D. Todey, D. Peck, J. Derner, N. Umphlett, and B. L. Hall

Climate services in the Midwest and Northern Plains regions have been enhanced by a recent addition of the USDA Climate Hubs to NOAA’s existing network of partners. This new partnership stems from the intrinsic variability of intra and inter-annual climatic conditions, which makes decision-making for agricultural land managers inherently risky. To reduce these weather and climate-related risks, NOAA and the USDA Climate Hubs are working together to 1) generate spatially-explicit and temporally relevant climate information, including shorter-term seasonal climate forecasts, and 2) distribute it to a wide network of agricultural and forest land managers. Two-way communication between agencies and land managers is key to enhancing the usefulness of, and stakeholder trust in, NOAA’s climate information and services.
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