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Congressional Briefings

Michael Oppenheimer (Princeton University) Sep. 18, 2009
Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 1: Introduction
(13 Minutes)
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.
Greg Holland (NCAR, ESSL) Sep. 18, 2009
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
(10 minutes)
Part 2 of 4. Holland outlines current research at the regional climate level.
Cortis Cooper, Chevron Fellow, Chevron Energy Technology Co. Sep. 18, 2009
Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 3: Benefits of Regional Climate Modeling for the Offshore Oil Industry
(5 minutes)
Part 3 of 4. Cooper talks about the benefits of regional climate modeling for the offshore oil industry.
Sarah Cottrell, Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor, Office of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Sep. 18, 2009
Regional Climate Models: A Critical Adaptation Tool for Communities and Industry - Part 4: Climate Modeling: A State and Regional Policymaking Perspective
(10 minutes)
Part 4 of 4. Cottrell discusses climate modeling from a policymaking perspective.
Jack Fellows (UCAR), Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Jonathon Overpeck, (University of Arizona), Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Karen Hobbs (City of Chicago), Donald Wuebbles (University of Illinois) Apr. 01, 2009
A Briefing on Climate Adaptation Policy Issues
(74 minutes)
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. | Presenters' slides (PDF)
Jack Fellows (UCAR, UOP), Nancy Colleton (Alliance for Earth Observations), Bob Gagosian (Consortium for Ocean Leadership), Keith Seitter (American Meteorological Society), Veronica Johnson (WRC TV), Oct. 23, 2008
Actions to Make Our Nation More Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change
(92 minutes)
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. | Advice to the New Administration and Congress: Actions to Make our Nation Resilient to Severe Weather and Climate Change
Tom Wigley (NCAR), Jae Edmonds (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Maryland) Jul. 08, 2008
The Energy Challenge of Climate Change: More Urgent Than We Thought
(32 minutes)
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. | GTSP Report
Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security), William Easterling (Pennsylvania State University), Rosina Bierbaum (University of Michigan) Sep. 24, 2007
Briefing: Climate Impacts and Adaptation in the United States: Lessons from Agriculture and Water Resources
(97 minutes)
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.
Senators Nelson and Martinez; Panelists Max Mayfield (WPLG-TV; former director, National Hurricane Center), Shuyi Chen (University of Miami), Judith Curry (Georgia Institute of Technology), Craig Fugate (Florida Division of Emergency Management), Greg Holland (MMM) Jul. 10, 2007
A National Hurricane Research Initiative: Meeting Society's Needs
(56 minutes)
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.
April Burke, Joel Widder (Lewis Burke Associates) Oct. 10, 2006
How Washington Works - Science Budgets, Policy and Advocacy
(53 minutes)
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.
Frank Nutter (Reinsurance Association of America), Maria Pirone (Atmospheric and Environmental Research), Walter Dabberdt (Vaisala Group), Philip Ardanuy (Raytheon Information Solutions) Jun. 22, 2006
Boosting Private Sector Competitiveness Through Federally-Funded Weather and Environmental R&D
(51 minutes)
Boosting Private Sector Competitiveness Through Federally-Funded Weather and Environmental R&D
Roy Rasmussen (RAL), David Yates (RAL), John Wilson (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology) Nov. 04, 2005
U.S. Water Resources on the Regional Scale: Prediction, Change and Tools for Mitigation
(63 minutes)
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.
Greg Holland (MMM), George Forristall (Forristall Ocean Engineering), Andrew Castaldi (Swiss Re Americas) Oct. 11, 2005
Hurricane Katrina Briefing in Washington
(56 minutes)
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.
Caspar Ammann (CGD), Ray Bradley (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Tom Crowley (Duke University) Apr. 06, 2005
Understanding Changes in the Earth's Temperature and Climate: The Science Behind the Hockey Stick Graphs and Model Simulations
(89 minutes)
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.
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