From April 20-22, several CPO staff participated in the virtual 18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW). CPASW brought together a diverse community to share developments in research and application of weather and climate information for societal decision-making, focused on the theme “Providing services for the cascading effects of intensifying heat in a rapidly growing region.”
The first day featured an Air Quality and Research Applications panel held in memory of CPO’s Ken Mooney, facilitated by CPO Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) Program Manager Monika Kopacz and Michelle Hakwins (NWS). The panel featured talks on urban air quality, volatile chemical products, dust storms, wildland fires, and urban greenhouse gases. It aimed to inform the CPASW community of air quality products and services as well as develop pathways for the integration of air quality products as a resource for climate-sensitive decision making. The discussion helped identify gaps in air quality data, share information, and define partnerships for usability of air quality data and information.
On day 2, CPO’s Hunter Jones gave a talk titled “The Climate and Health Monitor and Outlook,” which covered a new experimental tool to enhance health user interpretation of CPC one and three month outlooks, and drew upon inspiration from the NOAA Hurricane Season Outlook. He also moderated a session on urban planning and heat islands with presentations on planning for extreme heat in cities, measuring and modeling heat exposure, Arizona’s hottest summer on record, the NWS Heat Program, and wildfire science and management in Alaska.
On day 3, CPO’s Meredith Muth provided the opening presentation for the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP) session. The NACSP Forum was incorporated into CPASW this year for the first time. Dr. Muth provided the U.S. perspective on the ‘Past, Present, and Future’ of this partnership and provided an overview of NOAA’s new Service Delivery Framework to help inform future efforts under this partnership. The NACSP is a platform for collaboration between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to facilitate the exchange and development of integrated transboundary climate services.