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, 12:00 noon (EDT)
BOULDER—Representatives from leading science organizations will
take part in a national media teleconference at 12:00 noon Eastern
Time today to urge the next presidential administration and Congress
to better protect the nation from the impacts of severe weather and
climate change. The eight science organizations are releasing a document,
which will be provided to the presidential campaigns of John McCain
and Barack Obama, that outlines specific steps to strengthen science
and help national and local decision makers.
The full transition document, "Advice to the New Administration
and Congress: Actions to Make Our Nation Resilient to Severe Weather
and Climate Change," can be found
Top officials with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research,
the American Meteorological Society, and the Weather Coalition will take
part in the teleconference. The other five organizations that wrote the
document are the American Geophysical Union, the Consortium of Universities
for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, the National Association of
State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the Consortium for Ocean
Leadership, and the Alliance for Earth Observations. Collectively they
represent thousands of scientists, technology specialists, public policy
analysts, and other experts.
More than a quarter of the U.S. gross national product, or over $2 trillion,
is sensitive to weather and climate events, according to the report.
Climate change has the potential to lead to more extreme events.
UCAR vice president for corporate affairs
Fellows oversees a range of administrative, research, and education
activities that support the atmospheric science community. He
served from 1984 to 1997 as branch chief in the White House Office
of Management and Budget, where he managed budget and policy
issues related to NASA, the National Science Foundation, and
federal research and development programs. He also helped initiate
the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He holds a Ph.D. in
civil engineering from the University of Maryland.
American Meteorological Society executive director
Seitter manages the daily operations of the nation's leading
professional society for the atmospheric and related sciences.
He joined the AMS in the early 1990s as assistant to the executive
director and served as deputy director from 1999 to 2004. Before
that Seitter was on the faculty of the University of Lowell (now
the University of Massachusetts at Lowell). He is a fellow of
the AMS and of the Royal Meteorological Society and serves on
a number of advisory boards for professional organizations in
the sciences and scholarly publishing. He holds a Ph.D. in geophysical
sciences from the University of Chicago.
Weather Coalition co-chair and dean of the College of Atmospheric
and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma
Snow has chaired the UCAR Board of Trustees and the Board on
Oceans and Atmosphere for the National Association of State Universities
and Land-Grant Colleges. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological
Society, a member of the budget and finance committee for the
American Geophysical Union, and a senior editor for the journal
Atmospheric Research. Snow holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences
from Purdue University.
sites on the World Wide Web
News Release: Weather
and Climate Leaders Call on Washington to Better Protect the Nation
from Climate Change and Severe Weather
Advice to the New Administration and Congress: Actions
to Make our Nation Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change
College of Atmospheric and Geographic
Sciences, University of Oklahoma
University Corporation for Atmospheric