2019 CPO ESSM Workshop and Annual Council Meeting

Event date: 11/18/2019 - 11/19/2019 Export event

Annual ESSM Community Workshop
2019 Theme: “Climate Research to Enhance Resilience to Extreme Heat”

November 18-19, 2019
Silver Spring Civic Center, Spring Room
1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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: This year’s workshop will focus on extreme heat, one of the climate risk areas, to facilitate in-depth discussions. The workshop will focus 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?

Expected Outcomes: A workshop report will be developed to summarize 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)
● Eric Williams (NOAA/ESRL)




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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