NCAR & UCAR Webcasts - Congressional briefings en-us NCAR & UCAR Webcasts - Congressional briefings Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 1: Introduction Part 1 of 4: The impacts of climate change and climate variability have become increasingly problematic worldwide. These can vary widely with location and ecosystem, affecting both public and private sectors, often in unforeseen ways. As policymakers at national, regional, state and local levels grapple with how to mitigate and adapt to a changing and variable climate, industries must also prepare for and adapt to environmental and weather exigencies. New techniques in climate modeling will enable stakeholders to better predict impacts and prepare for them in a cost-effective way. The purpose of this briefing was to explore the knowledge generated by advanced regional climate modeling, cutting-edge modeling techniques, and the implications for corporate decision makers and regional policymakers. In Part 1 Oppenheimer introduces the key points of the briefing. 2009-09-18 11:00:00.0 Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 2: High Impact Climate and Weather Prediction Research in Support of Societal Needs Part 2 of 4. Holland outlines current research at the regional climate level. 2009-09-18 10:00:00.0 Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 3: Benefits of Regional Climate Modeling for the Offshore Oil Industry Part 3 of 4. Cooper talks about the benefits of regional climate modeling for the offshore oil industry. 2009-09-18 09:00:00.0 Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 4: Climate Modeling: A State and Regional Policymaking Perspective Part 4 of 4. Cottrell discusses climate modeling from a policymaking perspective. 2009-09-18 08:00:00.0 A Briefing on Climate Adaptation Policy Issues rtsp:// Panelists participating in this UCAR-sponsored briefing discuss how cities are planning to deal with climate change and how the federal government can help in that effort. New York City and Chicago are making progress in their mitigation and adaptation efforts. Other cities are struggling. Panelists advocate a national climate adaptation network so that planning efforts can be more integrated to avoid conflicts over water, land, and other resources. 2009-04-01 00:00:00.0 Actions to Make Our Nation More Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change Panelists testify to the importance of investing in research related to severe weather and climate change. In order to adapt to these threats to economic and social stability, decision makers need local and regional scale information, but climate models are hampered by lack of research, observations, and computing at this scale. 2008-10-23 00:00:00.0 The Energy Challenge of Climate Change: More Urgent Than We Thought In this congressional briefing Wigley notes that the amount of carbon-free energy required to stabilize CO2 concentrations has been built into no-climate-policy scenarios. These assumed changes may be unrealistic in the face of rapid development in Asia. According to Edmonds, stabilizing CO2 concentrations at 550 ppm will require new science and technology to reduce the cost of such an effort. 2008-07-08 00:00:00.0 Briefing: Climate Impacts and Adaptation in the United States: Lessons from Agriculture and Water Resources New research in the United States and internationally highlights the need for policymakers to begin to look at combined efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while adapting to unavoidable impacts, particularly in the areas of water resources and agriculture. This briefing addresses what we know and need to know about these climate impacts for the United States and offers insights into what the federal government needs to consider in terms of resources and organization to ensure that national efforts meet the needs of decision makers. 2007-09-24 00:00:00.0 A National Hurricane Research Initiative: Meeting Society's Needs Holland and panel of experts discuss recent advances and future priorities for hurricane research as well as real-world benefits including improved operational forecasts, warnings, and emergency response. Legislation before both the House and Senate would implement the recommendations of the January 2007 National Science Board (NSB) report Hurricane Warning by creating a National Hurricane Research Initiative. 2007-07-10 00:00:00.0 How Washington Works - Science Budgets, Policy and Advocacy An overview of the federal budget process, insight into the manner in which policy that affects science is shaped, and information on trends that influence congressional and Executive Branch decisions about science. 2006-10-10 00:00:00.0 Boosting Private Sector Competitiveness Through Federally-Funded Weather and Environmental R&D Boosting Private Sector Competitiveness Through Federally-Funded Weather and Environmental R&D 2006-06-22 00:00:00.0 U.S. Water Resources on the Regional Scale: Prediction, Change and Tools for Mitigation This congressional briefing addresses how the science community is helping policy makers and water managers prepare for possible climate change while meeting needs of U.S. citizens. 2005-11-04 00:00:00.0 Hurricane Katrina Briefing in Washington The first part of this congressional briefing reviews scientific developments that support reducing hurricane impacts, including the Advanced Research version of the Weather Research and Forecasting community model (WRF). The second part of the talk gives the offshore oil industry's perspective on hurricane preparedness; the last part focuses on catastrophe modeling technology from the insurance industry. 2005-10-11 00:00:00.0 Understanding Changes in the Earth's Temperature and Climate: The Science Behind the Hockey Stick Graphs and Model Simulations This congressional briefing gives perspective on recent changes in the climate. Topics covered include paleoclimate data and temperature reconstructions, causes of climate change, results from energy balance models, results from general circulation models, and the impact of increases in greenhouse gas concentrations. 2005-04-06 00:00:00.0