Our Changing Precipitation Webinar Series
A conversation on the science of precipitation and planning for the future  |  September-October 2021

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NOAA's Climate Program Office and National Centers for Environmental Information, in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, are hosting a five-part webinar series on Our Changing Precipitation. The webinars will take place on Tuesday afternoons (Eastern). Join us to learn more about some of the considerations and methods for working with available precipitation science and information to advance resilience planning. 

Attendees will hear in lay terms, and help advance the conversation about, our current ability to project precipitation at temporal and spatial scales relevant for local water infrastructure decision making. You will also learn about some practical ways to take action to build resilience to climate change. 

The webinar series is an outgrowth of a prior study to improve the delivery of information resources and build resilience to  climate change in small- to medium-size communities within the United States.    

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Focus on Science

Date: September 14, 2021 | Time: 2:00-3:30PM Eastern Time

Understand the state of the science on precipitation prediction and climate modeling.

Moderator

Welcome/Intros, Objectives/Overview of Workshop

NOAA/Climate Program Office

Nancy Beller-Simms

NOAA/Climate Program Office

Over the last two decades at NOAA, Nancy has developed and led interdisciplinary grants programs and major studies focused on the use of climate data, forecasts and information in decision making at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Currently she leads a team within the Climate Program Office focused on strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to flooding and co-leads the newly formed Adaptation Sciences program. The focus of today’s webinar is a result of a series of studies she led with Federal and NGO partners as well as the development of the Water Resources Dashboard. She is a geographer by training with a focus on natural hazard response and adaptation.

Speakers

Precipitation Prediction - A Probabilistic Endeavour

David Novak

David Novak

NOAA/National Weather Service

David Novak is the Director of the Weather Prediction Center. In this capacity he is responsible for the overall provision of national forecasts of heavy rainfall, snowfall, and hazardous weather up to 7 days in advance. The Center is a catalyst for collaboration among the National Weather Service forecast offices and enables national readiness for extreme weather events – including extreme rainfall events. Throughout his career, David has been a champion for connecting operational science to user needs.

Precipitation Prediction - Research Needs

Jin Huang

Jin Huang

NOAA/Climate Program Office

Jin Huang served as Chief of Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) Division in NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) providing leadership and oversight for five climate competitive research programs. Jin is also a federal liaison for the NOAA Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, She was the Director of NOAA Climate Test Bed (CTB) during 2011-2016, leading the research transition into improved NOAA climate model and forecast products. From 2001-2010, Jin was a CPO program manager in the areas of climate science and hydrologic applications. Jin was a research scientist at NCEP Climate Prediction Center in 1991-2000. Jin received her Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1991. She is an AMS Fellow.

Utility Interrogatory and Utility Perspectives

Julia Rockwell

Julia Rockwell

Philadelphia Water Department, Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA)

Julia Rockwell is a water resources management professional with over a decade of experience working at the Philadelphia Water Department. Julia has a diverse set of experiences at PWD that include serving as a project engineer on the nationally recognized Source Water Protection Program, leading development of a new, department-wide capital planning process, and initiating development and implementation of the Department’s Climate Change Adaptation Program. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Environmental Management Degree from Duke University.

Global Climate Models: CMIP6 - what we know and don’t know on projecting future precipitation

Kenneth Kunkel

Kenneth Kunkel

North Carolina State University/NOAA Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies

Dr. Kenneth Kunkel is Research Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University and Lead Scientist for Assessments with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. His research has focused on climate variability and change, particularly related to extreme weather and climate events. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Southern Illinois University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Utility Interrogatory and Utility Perspectives

Alan Cohn

Alan Cohn

New York City Department of Environmental Protection/WUCA

Alan Cohn is Managing Director of Integrated Water Management at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). His team helps identify and mitigate climate risks and implements DEP’s water conservation and reuse programs. He helped develop the City’s first Stormwater Resiliency Plan and citywide stormwater flood maps and is leading a pilot program to test green infrastructure solutions for these extreme rain events. He represents New York City on the Water Utility Climate Alliance, a group of 12 large utilities which provide leadership and collaboration on climate change issues affecting the country's water agencies.

Audience Q&A; Talk with the Experts

Heidi Roop

Heidi Roop

University of Minnesota

Dr. Heidi Roop is an Assistant Professor of Climate Science at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota’s Climate Extension Specialist. She also directs the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership. Her research and Extension programs combine cutting-edge climate science, science communication and the principles of knowledge co-production to increase the use and integration of climate information in decision-making.

Contact

Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms
Lead, Climate Program Office Water Risk Team AND Climate and Societal Interactions - Water
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences

P: 1 (301) 734-1205
F: 1 (301) 713-0518
E: nancy.beller-simms@noaa.gov

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