[ Case Studies of Forecast Value Website ]
[ Climate Affairs Program Development ]
[ Clim-Econ Discussion List ]
[ Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change ]
[ ENSO Signal ]
[ Geophysical Statistics Project (GSP) ]
[ Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water – Societal Aspects Volume ]
[ Network Newsletter ]
[ Regional Climate Research: Needs and Opportunities ]
[ Societal Aspects of Weather Website ]
[ Societal Vulnerability and Climate ]
[ WeatherZine ]
[ What to Fund Amidst the Fads ]

Case Studies of Forecast Value Website

This website categorizes recent case studies of the value of weather and climate forecasts and is maintained and updated by Richard Katz. Originally developed by Shelly Knight (RAP), its scope is focused on prescriptive studies that obtain quantitative estimates of forecast value.

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Climate Affairs Program Development

Michael Glantz continued to develop the notion of "Climate Affairs" during FY01 with a feasibility assessment of a Climate Affairs Master's Program at Columbia University's Earth Institute (New York). The result of this assessment concluded that faculty interest in climate affairs activities exists in many academic departments and institutes at Columbia. Glantz developed generic guidelines for a multi-disciplinary program or course concentration that can be modified to meet the special interests and expertise of faculty members, departments, institutes, centers, students, and schools at this university, as well as at other centers of education and training. Glantz will continue to work with Columbia and other universities and colleges in the United States and abroad during FY02.

Glantz has been collaborating with Professor Susan Burgerman, deputy director of the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University to set up a conference on climate affairs in Latin America. The multidisciplinary, multinational conference will be held at the end of January 2002.

Glantz has also collaborated with Zafar Adeel (United Nations U) to convene a training workshop for the South and Southeast Asian region for a United Nations University/NCAR Climate Affairs Program. This workshop is designed to have introductory lectures and interactive sessions to provide educators some experience with various aspects of climate affairs (science, impacts, policy, economics, and ethics). It will be held at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2002. It is intended to "educate the educators" by developing an awareness among educators in a variety of disciplines about how climate affects all aspects of life, and that decision makers in developing, as well as developed, countries can improve the way they are affected by enhancing their understanding of climate affairs.

Glantz also made several formal and informal presentations on Climate Affairs during FY01, including one at Gettysburg College (April 2001) and the United Nations University (Tokyo, Japan, June 2001). He also began preparations on a book with Island Press entitled Climate and Social Dynamics: A Primer, which will introduce the notion of climate affairs to a broad audience. This book is designed to foster human capacity building with respect to climate and climate-related issues in all countries, regardless of the level of economic development.

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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 Kathleen Miller, which 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 500 subscribers from around the world, including individuals with a variety of backgrounds and professional affiliations.

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Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change

Three ESIG scientists have contributed to the five-volume encyclopedia, to be published in FY02 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Michael Glantz wrote an invited article on the Aral Sea and its demise as the worst human-caused environmental disaster of the twentieth century. John Firor contributed an article on Walter Orr Roberts, and Roger Pielke, Jr. contributed an article on weather extremes and climate impacts. These volumes comprise the first comprehensive integrated reference work in this multidisciplinary field.

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ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation) Signal

Michael Glantz, Editor, and D. Jan Stewart, Managing Editor, produced four issues of the ENSO Signal during FY01 with funds from NOAA's Office of Global Programs. The Signal is intended to educate and inform those interested in the ENSO cycle and its impacts on ecosystems and societies, as well as help to maintain interest in ENSO during ENSO-neutral periods.

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Geophysical Statistics Project (GSP)

Richard Katz serves as co-Principal Investigator, along with Joseph Tribbia (CGD) and Douglas Nychka (GSP) on a five-year grant (renewal started in FY99) from the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences for a GSP Program at NCAR. Nychka serves as the project leader of GSP. The FY01 accomplishments of GSP are included under the section for the Climate and Global Dynamics Division.

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Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water – Societal Aspects Volume

Several members of ESIG have contributed to a special volume (Societal Aspects) of the Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water, to be published in FY02 by John Wiley & Sons. Michael Glantz served as the Volume Editor and he, Roger Pielke Jr., and Kathleen Miller each contributed a chapter to this volume.

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Network Newsletter

Now in its seventeenth year, this international, multidisciplinary newsletter has witnessed continued growth in its mailing list (now almost 4,000 recipients). Michael Glantz, Editor, and D. Jan Stewart, Managing Editor, 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-impacts-related Network Newsletter. Approximately half of the recipients are international. The newsletter has been produced quarterly since 1985 in its paper edition, and was put on line in FY96. NOAA's Office of Global Programs contributed to the production of the newsletter during FY01.

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Regional Climate Research: Needs and Opportunities

Linda Mearns and Ruby Leung (Pacific Northwest National Lab) convened a workshop at NCAR on issues in regionalization techniques, funded by the Department of Energy and NSF, on 2-4 April 2001. Typical research issues that were raised at the workshop included the examination of uncertainties related to two-way nesting, and limitations of statistical methods for long-term regional projections. The workshop report was prepared and distributed on line.

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Societal Aspects of Weather Website

The Societal Aspects of Weather website has been developed over the past several years by Roger Pielke, Jr., with assistance in 2001 from Jennifer Oxelson and Roberta Klein, 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 needed tools for increased interaction between researchers and users of weather information. During FY01, this site moved to the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado.

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Societal Vulnerability and Climate

On 8 June 2001 in Washington, DC, Roger Pielke, Jr., gave a major presentation to the Climate Change Science Forum of the National Academies and the US Senate. Policy debate and advocacy on the issue of climate change frequently focus on the potential future impacts of climate on society. Pielke's presentation emphasized that societal impacts of climate are the joint result of climate phenomena and societal vulnerability to those phenomena.

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In FY01, the WeatherZine electronic newsletter produced six bimonthly editions. It is an on-line and email-distributed newsletter for the Societal Aspects of Weather website. It contains a summary of recent additions to the site, and links to relevant sections, along with editorials, news, events, and announcements of interest to the community. As of FY01, more than 700 people have subscribed, and many others are reached via the Web and through news groups. During FY01, the WeatherZine moved to the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado.

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What to Fund Amidst the Fads

Michael Glantz made a presentation during FY01 in Washington, DC, entitled "What to Fund Amidst the Fads" to more than 40 philanthropic environmental organizations (funding agencies). The talk focused on a general concern that funding agencies tend to lose interest in supporting projects after some period of time. This creates problems for the researchers, who have often identified new key research topics. However, by the time they have done so, the funding agencies have often moved on to support different issues. This suggests that there is a disconnection between the funding needs of researchers and the relatively short attention span of funding agencies. The presentation suggested how this dilemma could be resolved.

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