Outreach and Other Related Activities


Geophysical Statistics Project (GSP)

Katz continued to serve as co-principal investigator, with Roland Madden (CGD), on a six-year grant (begun during FY93) from the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences to promote collaboration between the atmospheric and statistical sciences. Doug Nychka, on leave from North Carolina State U, is serving as the Project Leader. The FY98 accomplishments of the GSP are included under the CGD section. Activities to which Katz contributed included the drafting of a renewal proposal to NSF (PIs: Katz, Tribbia, and Nychka) requesting an additional five years of funding and a summer colloquium on "Statistics for Understanding the Atmosphere and Ocean," held 18-24 July 1998 in Boulder, Colorado.

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Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability

Miller served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Panel on the Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability. The Panel's task is to review the current state of knowledge on this topic and to recommend a research agenda to guide future efforts, particularly those that meet the criteria for funding by NOAA/OGP. During FY98, Miller participated in two Panel meetings and wrote sections of the Panel's report.

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NCAR Human Dimensions Forum

ESIG organized a first planning meeting of the NCAR Human Dimensions Forum. The meeting, which Miller chaired, provided an opportunity for scientists from all NCAR divisions to share perspectives on the nature of Human Dimensions work at NCAR and to plan an initial set of activities to enhance cross-divisional communication and collaboration on such topics. In addition, the Forum has established an e-mail discussion list and sponsored a set of presentations by invited speakers during FY98. An overview of Human Dimensions research at NCAR was presented by Mearns at the June 1998 Directors Retreat.

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Chairmanship of UNFAO GTOS Committee

Glantz served as Chair of the UNFAO Global Terrestrial Observing Systems (GTOS) Committee until December 1997 in order to oversee the preparation of an Implementation Plan for GTOS. After that time he remained a member of the GTOS Steering Committee. In that capacity, he is encouraging GTOS to explore the role of ENSO time series and their use in terrestrial impact assessment.

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Network Newsletter

Stewart and Glantz have continued to work on networking research centers, nongovernmental organizations, universities, institutes, government agencies, and individuals dealing with climate-related impact assessments by producing the quarterly, climate-related impacts Network Newsletter. This international, multidisciplinary newsletter has witnessed continued growth in its mailing list (now over 3,000 recipients). Approximately 67 percent of the recipients are in North America, and 33 percent are international. The Network Newsletter has been produced quarterly since 1985 in its paper edition. The main page of the on-line newsletter receives thousands of "hits" per quarter. By producing and disseminating the Network Newsletter, ESIG has been assisting UNEP in carrying out one of its networking responsibilities, as called for by the UNEP Governing Council, and supported by UNEP's Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Climate Impacts and Response Strategies Program (WCIRP). The Newsletter was put on line in FY96.

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Societal Aspects of Weather Web Site

This website has been developed over the past several years by Pielke, with assistance in 1998 from Enosh, in order to facilitate, encourage, and support the formation of a researcher-user partnership and community of people involved in studying the societal aspects of weather. It serves as a central clearinghouse for on-line resources on this topic and provides some of the tools needed for increased interaction between researchers and users of weather information. It is expected that the primary users of the group will be researchers in weather and societal aspects of weather, producers of weather information and/or forecasts, and other users of weather information. For the site to succeed, users must themselves take a part in its development, content, and future by requesting items, recommending additions, developing resources themselves, etc.

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WeatherZine Electronic Newsletter

The Weatherzine is being developed by Pielke as a bi-monthly, on-line and e-mail distribution newsletter for the Societal Aspects of Weather Site. It contains a summary of recent changes to the site (and links to relevant sections), along with news, events, and announcements of interest to the community. As of FY98, more than 550 people had subscribed, and many others are reached via the Web and through news groups.

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Clim-Econ Discussion List

The Economics of Climate Variability and Global Change list (CLIM-ECON) is a moderated electronic discussion group, created and managed by Miller, that serves to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion on the economic aspects of climate variability and change. The initial subscribers included the participants in the Institute on the Economics of the Climate Resource held at NCAR in June 1995. The list currently has more than 375 subscribers worldwide, including individuals with a variety of academic backgrounds and professional affiliations.

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Fish-Games Discussion List

FISH-GAMES is a moderated electronic discussion group, to facilitate an exchange of information about, and to promote analysis of, problems in achieving coordinated management of international "transboundary" fisheries. This is a new list created by Miller and McKelvey in summer 1998. Miller manages the list, which currently has 134 subscribers.

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Forecast Value Web Site

Shelly Knight (U Colorado-Boulder), in collaboration with Katz, developed a web site that categorizes recent case studies of the value of weather and climate forecasts. This site is intended to supplement Economic Value of Weather and Climate Forecasts, a book edited bye Katz and the late Allan Murphy. The scope of the site is limited to prescriptive studies that obtain quantitative estimates of forecast value. The same categorization scheme is employed as in the book. Recent case studies are primarily from the agricultural sector, and several focus on El Niño/Southern Oscillation-related forecasts.

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