This Town Hall Meeting session will provide an opportunity for the earth science community to interact with members of the leadership team and staff of the Earth Science Division (ESD) of the national Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science Mission Directorate. Brief presentations by the ESD leadership will precede a longer opportunity for audience questions. Topics to be addressed in the Town Hall Meeting include the scientific accomplishments and programmatic milestones from the past year, the current programmatic directions, and NASA’s progress towards implementing foundational missions and those identified by the National Research Council’s 2007 Earth Science Decadal Survey, entitled Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond, and those enabled by the Obama administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget, which enabled a new class of climate missions, a significantly expanded Venture-class program, and augmentations to the nonflight program (research and analysis, applied sciences, technology).
For additional information, please contact Jack A. Kaye (tel: 202-358-0757; e-mail: Jack.A.Kaye@nasa.gov).
It is not surprising to anyone that whenever you have a large gathering of people in confined spaces the people themselves have an impact on the environment around them. Whether it is the warming of the room we often feel or the undetectable CO2 we exhale every time we breathe, humans are changing their surroundings in many ways.
To convey the message that humans modify the environment no matter what we do, two portable monitoring systems will be set up to measure three simple parameters at the 2011 AMS annual meeting: temperature, water vapor, and CO2. Through these measurements, an attempt will be made to infer the human impact as it relates to large gatherings. To understand the impact fully, the number of people in a given space, the volume those people occupy during a given time interval, and how the Washington State Convention Center is controlling the environment will need to be known, in addition to the data measurements.
Students will be trained to operate the instrumentation and collect the data. Instrumentation, system integration, and help with student training will be graciously provided by Campbell Scientific, LI-COR, and Vaisala Inc., long-time corporate sponsors of the AMS. Samplings will be done during the AMS Student Conference, WeatherFest, and the Monday morning Presidential Forum, as well as the Monday evening Exhibit Hall Opening.
During this Town Hall Meeting, David Sailor, professor of mechanical engineering at Portland State University, will be discussing the measurements and put them into context by discussing how people in cities impact their environment through the release of energy.
For additional information, please contact Dave Chapman (e-mail: Dave.Chapman@okemosschools.net) or Dan Wolf (e-mail: Daniel.Wolfe@noaa.gov).
The National Weather Service (NWS) strategic plan describes in broad terms the future directions NWS believes it must take to meet society’s growing needs for weather, water, climate, and related information. The plan has been developed as part of an open dialog with the entire community, including public comments on a final draft. At this Town Hall Meeting, NWS will describe its approach to the final NWS strategic plan, including the context for this plan created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation strategic plan. A lively discussion is anticipated.
For additional information, please contact Ed Johnson, director, Strategic Planning and Policy, National Weather Service (e-mail: email@example.com).
Weather is a critical driver for the consumption of electricity, natural gas, and heating oil in the United States. Meteorologists in academia, government, and the private weather enterprise all support decision makers across the full breadth of the energy complex. The economic impacts the these weather-related decisions are enormous. For example, U.S. electricity generators save upward of $160 million annually using 24-hour temperature forecasts to improve the mix of generating units that are available to meet electricity demand. Planning decisions for the production, transportation, and marketing of natural gas hinge upon temperature forecasts 1 week to 3 months ahead. The value of weather forecasts for the increased use and integration of weather-dependent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, has also been recognized by the Department of Energy. Hundreds of meteorologists support the energy complex for commodity trading, infrastructure planning, and utility management in order to meet the nation’s demand to heat and cool our indoor environments.
But how does it all actually work? What happens when you flip the switch? This panel of experts will describe how the energy complex functions. How does power flow? What is the nature of energy trading? How do fuel sources differ across various regions of the country? How do oil and natural gas get to your furnace? Answers to these basic questions then lead us to consider the rapid modernization of the energy complex. How will the "smart grid" affect energy planning? How is renewable energy changing the grid?
And, of course, how does weather affect energy decision making? It is important within this context to note that the patchwork of regional energy entities and varying regional climate impacts further complicate the relationships between energy supply and weather-driven demand.
The objective of this Town Hall Meeting is to provide the AMS community with a better understanding of the energy industry and then open a discussion on the major issues facing weather experts in the energy realm. We will discuss the ongoing and emerging challenges presented by weather and climate. We will conclude with an open forum focusing on two distinct questions for panelists and participants:
1) What do meteorologists need to know from the energy industry? and 2) What does the energy industry need to know from meteorologists?
This Town Hall Meeting serves as an introduction to the Second Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy as well as following up on Monday’s Town Hall Meeting discussion on renewable energy
For additional information, please contact Stephen Bennett (tel: 858-246-0065; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which includes participants from 13 federal departments and agencies, coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society (information online at www.globalchange.gov). The program is currently in the process of a strategic reorientation to better address societal needs for climate science information. The program is evolving to support a mission “to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support.” As part of the strategic planning process, the USGCRP is interacting with a variety of stakeholder groups to gain input on specific climate science needs, so that USGCRP can adapt the program to better understand and address the challenges and opportunities of climate variability and change.
In addition, a new approach to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) is under way. The NCA is focused on developing climate-related information that is useful in supporting adaptation and mitigation decisions, as well as providing a platform for climate services and highlighting significant gaps in our current state of knowledge. The NCA will also provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability, and help evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation activities. NCA staff are currently developing regional and sectoral networks of scientists, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders who will serve as the backbone for not only the 2013 NCA report, but also for the expanded vision of an ongoing and sustained assessment process.
At this Town Hall Meeting, the new USGCRP leadership and NCA staff will provide an update on the new strategic directions for the program and the sustained assessment process, as well as engaging in dialogue with attendees to gather input and feedback on the restructuring of USGCRP and the progress of the NCA.
For additional information, please contact Tanya Maslak (tel: 202-288-1548; e-mail: email@example.com)