Making Climate Information Available to Decision Makers: Challenges, Risks, and Uncertainty

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
222A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the Third Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; the 31st Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies; and the 10th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice )
Moderators:  Stephen Ambrose, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD and Karen Andersen, NCAR, CO
Panelists:  Sharon Hays, Computer Sciences Corporation, VA; Dave Jones, StormCenter Communications, Inc., Halethorpe, MD; Tsengdar Lee, NASA, Washington, DC and Warren Washington, NCAR, Boulder, CO

Often climate models and data are complex and built for use by climate scientists, but what about the decision makers looking for climate information to make decisions? Creating information from climate data and models involves making the data easy to understand and useful to citizen scientists and non-scientists alike. How can climate experts provide outlooks on climate useful for decisions on policy, infrastructure, resources, and life and safety? Some issues related to providing this information include data/model uncertainty, sampling errors, spatial resolution, model downscaling, visualization, liability, and risk management, to name a few. This panel will discuss plans, strategies, challenges, perspectives, technologies, and the future of climate change information and services for society.

  4:00 PM
Stephen Ambrose Introduction
  4:15 PM
Sharon Hays Remarks
  4:30 PM
Dave Jones Remarks
  4:45 PM
Tsengdar Lee Remarks

  5:00 PM
Warren Washington