Monday, 15 January 2007: 5:00 PM
Climate Information for the broadcast community
205 (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
The Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) provides a wide array of resources to support public and private sector needs for near real-time weather data and historical perspective on climate conditions and extremes. Operational updates of data and products on daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal timescales are disseminated through pathways that include press releases, user-friendly websites, personal communication, and publication in peer reviewed journals. This climate information benefits user groups such as policymakers, businesses, and public resource managers. Large segments of the broadcast community also find these resources particularly valuable in communicating the far-reaching impacts of weather and climate to their customers. Tools and decision-making products have been tailored to support the analysis of climate features that span spatial scales from local to global and time scales throughout the past century to millennium using a variety of instrumental and paleoclimate data records. Products include information on temperature and precipitation variability and trends, status of drought conditions across the country, impacts of extreme weather conditions on economies and societies, trends in hurricane frequency and intensity, and a wealth of other weather and climate resources. A long-range perspective on climate is provided from paleoclimate data sources such as ice cores and tree rings. This overview focuses on the many climate products available from NCDC which are of most interest to the broadcast community. Also included is an anecdotal discussion of interaction with various local and national media sources in communicating climate information outside the scientific community.