Participant Affiliation
Siegfried Schubert (Lead Scientist) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Christa Peters-Lidard (Co-Lead Scientist) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Kingtse Mo (Co-Lead Scientist) NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Andy Wood (Co-Lead Scientist) NCAR Research Applications Laboratory
Amir AghaKouchak University of California, Irvine
Martha Anderson U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rajagopalan Balaji University of Colorado
E. Hugo Berbery CICS-MD/Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
Allen Bradley University of Iowa
Martyn Clark National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Brian Cosgrove NOAA/Office of Hydrologic Development (OHD)
Lisa Darby (NIDIS) NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
JiaRui Dong NOAA/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC)
Mike Ek NOAA/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC)
Chen Fei National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Rong Fu University of Texas at Austin
Chris Hain NOAA/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service  (NESDIS)
Marty Hoerlin NOAA/Physical Sciences Division (PSD)
Jin Huang (CTB Dir) NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
Ben Kirtman University of Miami
Randal Koster NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Arun Kumar NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Venkat Lakshmi University of South Carolina
Dennis Lettenmaier University of Washington
Ruby Leung DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jialun Li University of California, Irvine (Soroosh's group)
Xin-Zhong Liang University of Maryland
Lifeng Luo Michigan State University
Brad Lyon International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Chad McNutt (NIDIS) NOAA/Climate Program Office (CPO)/NIDIS Program Support
Jessi Meng NOAA/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) (Mike Ek's group)
David Mocko NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Hamid Mordakhani University of Portland
Jason Otkin University of Wisconsin–Madison
Adam Parris (RISA PM) NOAA/Climate Program Office (CPO)
Roger Pulwarti (NIDIS/CSI PM) NOAA/Climate Program Office (CPO)/NIDIS Director
Pedro Restrepo North Central RFC
Richard Seager Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University
Justin Sheffield Princeton University
Soroosh Soroshian University of California, Irvine
Mark Svoboda University of Nebraska - Lincoln
James Verdin (NIDIS) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Hailan Wang NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Robert S. Webb National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Eric Wood Princeton University
Youlong Xia NOAA/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC)
Ning Zeng University of Maryland


Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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