Paula Hennon, NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Presentation Title: Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Overview of The Third National Climate Assessment

Presenter:  Dr. Paula Hennon, NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Description:    Dr. Paula Hennon is the Deputy Director of the NOAA Climate Assessment Technical Support Unit at NOAA NCDC in Asheville.  NOAA’s Climate Assessment Technical Support Unit (TSU) provides critical input and support to the National Climate Assessment (NCA), a premier activity of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The NCA is conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which calls for a report to the President and Congress that evaluates, integrates, and interprets the findings of the federal research program on global change (USGCRP) every four years. These National Climate Assessments are intended to advance the understanding of climate science in the larger social, ecological, and policy systems to provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability. NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and many parts of NOAA have provided leadership on climate assessment activities for over a decade. A renewed focus on national and regional climate assessments to support improved decision-making across the country continues to emerge. Decisions related to adaptation at all scales as well as mitigation and other climate-sensitive decisions will be supported through an assessment design that is collaborative, authoritative, responsive, and transparent. NOAA is working through an interagency process and investing in partnerships across many scales to support this comprehensive assessment activity.  

To support these activities, The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, part of NC State University, partners with NOAA and twelve other Federal Agencies to produce the NCA. Within the TSU, a group focused on scientific support has been assembled, consisting of a lead senior scientist, a deputy scientist, a climate scientist with extensive experience in the IPCC, a support scientist, and a software engineer. The Lead Senior Scientist provides scientific oversight for the development of NOAA’s assessment services, focusing on a contribution to the National Climate Assessment and, in support of the National Climate Assessment and in conjunction with NOAA and other agency expertise, providing scientific oversight and guidance to coordinate and implement distributed and centralized high-resolution modeling capabilities.  

This presentation will explain the process of making the National Climate Assessment and give an overview of scientific procedures and approaches in assessing the impacts of climate change on the United States.

Dr. Hennon will be hosted by GES faculty Dr. Matt Eastin