Friday, January 30, 2015

Climate Observations

The Climate Observation Division's mission is to provide long-term, high quality, timely, global observational data, information and products in support of climate, Arctic, weather, and ocean research communities, forecasters, and other service providers and users, for the benefit of society.  

Program activities aim to:

  1. Build and sustain a global climate observing system according to climate monitoring principles
  2. Develop and maintain long time-series indicators of climate variability and change
  3. Develop and maintain standard data sets for initialization and evaluation of climate forecast models, assessments of climate change, and informed risk management
  4. Develop informational products, diagnostics, and assessments of observed climate variability and change on global to regional scales

The resulting global observations and products contribute to other NOAA Programs, national and international capabilities aimed at understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the earth system, as well as developing targeted information to better inform society about changes of the earth system, including better response options.  Access to these global observations and analyses of observational data has provided our Nation with invaluable information needed to better minimize climate-related risk and maximize climate-related opportunities. The program also provides data and information management support for national and international climate assessments. The Climate Observation Division supports and coordinates its observing efforts with other activities in NOAA, other federal agencies, as well as international partners.


RSS Icon

A look back at 2014: NOAA Climate Program Office articulates roadmap for future progress in climate science

Monday, January 12, 2015

In 2014, NOAA’s Climate Program Office, led by Director Wayne Higgins, went through the process of rearticulating its mission, vision, and unique value through the development of the CPO Strategic Plan. The office also made major progress on an Implementation Plan that provides a roadmap to achieving important outcomes in climate science.

New research shows ocean warming poses "immediate threat" to keystone reef-building coral in the Caribbean

Thursday, November 06, 2014

New research published in The Proceeding of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences provides new insights on the threat  ocean warming poses on coral growth in Mesoamerican barrier reefs.  The research, partially funded by CPO's Climate Monitoring program, used laboratory experiments to examine the adverse effects of ocean warming and acidification, and showed that the warming predicted by the IPCC for the end of the 21st century produced a five-fold decrease in coral calcification - the process by which corals produce calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and build reefs.

CPO contributes to Happening Now: State of the Climate 2013 video

Monday, October 20, 2014
The Climate Program Office contributed to one of Ocean Today's latest videos: Happening Now: State of the Climate 2013. CPO's Diane Stanitski, Ned Gardiner, and Frank Niepold helped suggest reviewers for the video and the Climate Program Office is listed as a contributor.

NOAA contributes key carbon dioxide data to global carbon assessment

Monday, October 06, 2014
The release of Global Carbon Budget 2014 coincided with the UN Climate Summit in New York on Sept. 23, 2014.  The global report measures carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and land environment draws heavily from data and observations by NOAA research scientists and their partners.

CPO’s Thurston to attend Typhoon Workshop in Kyoto

Friday, September 19, 2014
CPO’s Sidney Thurston will attend the Third Capacity Development Workshop for the North Pacific Ocean and Marginal Seas (NPOMS-3) at Kyoto University Oct 6-8, 2014.

David M Legler, Division Chief
301 427-2460

Debbie GaloRiverside Technology, Inc., Program Support

Claudia PerezRiverside Technology, Inc., Program Support

Ocean Climate Observation Program

Steve PiotrowiczProgram Manager, Argo

Diane StanitskiProgram Manager, OceanSites, Moorings

Kathy Tedesco – NOAA Affiliate, Program Manager, Carbon

Sidney ThurstonInternational Development

Climate Monitoring Program

Jennifer Saleem Arrigo NOAA Affiliate,  Program Manager

Arctic Research Program

Kathy CraneProgram Manager


Emily Smith – Knauss Fellow


Upcoming Events

NOAA Climate Observation Division Webinar

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The NOAA Climate Observation Division hosted a webinar on September 25, 2014 to: 1) Inform the community about achievements and plans for NOAA’s Climate Program Office as well as for the Climate Observation Division, 2) Present COD’s Strategic Plan draft, 3) Introduce new COD team members, and 4) Highlight future areas of emphasis and plans for the future.

Click here to access the webinar agenda and presentation files