Annual ESSM Community Workshop
2019 Theme: “Climate Research to Enhance Resilience to Extreme Heat”
Background: Extreme heat, altered precipitation patterns, sea level rise, coastal inundation, changes in air quality, marine ecosystem and water resources are among the climate related risks society is facing. The NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) Division supports climate and Earth system research to enhance society’s resilience in these emerging risk areas. ESSM annual workshops are to engage researchers, users, and stakeholders inside and outside NOAA to discuss needs and opportunities for ESSM to support research that enhances NOAA and the nation’s capabilities to address these key societal risk areas.
Workshop purpose: The 2019 workshop focused on extreme heat, one of the climate risk areas, to facilitate in-depth discussions. Workshop presentations and small breakout group discussions focused on the following questions.
● What are the most critical problems for decision makers when it comes to the impacts of extreme heat on air quality, water resources, environmental quality, agriculture, energy, transportation, public health, and coastal ocean resources?
● What climate information and Earth system modeling capabilities are required for addressing those problems?
● What capabilities already exist, especially in terms of observing, monitoring, understanding of the forcing and mechanisms, modeling, prediction and application products?
● What are the gaps and opportunities for further research and engagement?
Plenary Presentations: User Needs and Existing Research Capabilities & Gaps
● Marine Heatwaves and Impacts (Mike Jacox)
● Informing Public Health & Preparedness (Shubahyu Saha)
● Extreme Heat: CPC Products and Services (Jon Gottschalck)
● Extreme Heat Impacts on Working Lands (Steve McNulty)
● Climate Modeling Capabilities for Extreme Heat (Tom Delworth)
● Extreme Heat and Climate Change (Radley Horton)
● Extreme Heat and Cities (Dan Li)
● Extreme Heat and Alaska and the Arctic (John Walsh)
● Marine Heatwaves and Predictability (Mike Jacox)
● Whence the US Heartland Warming Hole? (Martin Hoerling)
● Nexus of Extreme Heat, Air Quality, and Health (Susan Anenburg)
● Extreme Heat and Air Quality (Greg Frost)
Outcomes: The workshop report summarizes presentations, discussions and key findings. The report will inform CPO/ESSM strategic planning and synthesize findings on ESSM research needed to enhance resilience to extreme heat. The findings will be used to further discussion with the community and NOAA leadership.
Workshop Organizing Committee:
● Ana Barros (Duke University)
● Tom Delworth (NOAA/GFDL)
● Jin Huang (NOAA/CPO)
● Jim Hurrell (Colorado State University)
● Annarita Mariotti (NOAA/CPO)
● Virginia Selz (NOAA/CPO)
● Eric Williams (NOAA/ESRL)