Mind the Gap Building Bridges Between the Public and Private Sectors to Advance Climate Services

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
222A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: Third Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise
Chair:  Stephanie Herring, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD

Every day, public officials, business leaders and private citizens are making decisions that depend on understanding how climate will change over the course of the next 1, 10, to 100 years. To meet the rising demand for information that these decisions require, a suite of climate service information providers has emerged. The climate services enterprise in the United States includes entities from public, private, academic and non-governmental organizations. As the climate service enterprise grows with the demand for information, it is increasingly important that the public and private sector in particular work as partners if nation is fulfill the vision of climate information for every need, time and place. This session will explore the climate service value chain and the relationship between the public and private sectors in optimizing the development and delivery of climate services. The session will focus on understanding what decision makers need, and how climate service providers across sectors supply this information. How is information generated by the public and private sectors, and then delivered to the decision maker? Are there best practices for the partnership between the public and private sectors that the AMS community should be aware of? The Climate Services Committee would also expects that this session will explore how the AMS Community can work to ensure continuing support for the basic infrastructure on which climate services rely, and inform the dialog between the public and private climate service sectors as it has successfully done for the weather sector.

  8:45 AM
A New Approach to Climate Services at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
Jeffrey L. Privette, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC; and T. G. Houston, D. P. Brown, J. Dissen, K. Gleason, and R. A. Leduc Clarke
  9:00 AM
Bridging the Gap Between Seasonal Forecasts and Decisions to Act
John A. Dutton, Prescient Weather Ltd, State College, PA; and R. P. James and J. D. Ross
  9:15 AM