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Meeting with New NOAA Regional Climate Services Director

The goal of the lunch time discussion was to introduce as many parties as possible to the fledgling NOAA Climate Service plan for Alaska, and to provide Partain with an appreciation of climate information needs in Juneau

The newly appointed NOAA Regional Climate Services Director for Alaska, James Partain, met with UAS faculty, staff, students and other "climate stakeholders" including representatives of state and federal agencies at the University of Alaska Southeast on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.  In his remarks Partain noted he had worked throughout the nation, but had not seen the impacts of climate change until he got to Alaska. "Here in Alaska it is hard to be skeptical when you can see glaciers receding," he said.

The goal of the lunch time discussion was to introduce as many parties as possible to the fledgling NOAA Climate Service plan for Alaska, and to provide Partain with an appreciation of climate information needs in Juneau. Partain asked attendees to share their ideas on "what is needed and how do we get there from here." Faculty from marine biology and environmental sciences were most interested in making weather data bases more user friendly for student research. Partain expressed interest in developing a "climate portal" of such data. Partain is based at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center at National Weather Service headquarters in Anchorage.  House and Senate congressional appropriation committees need to approve a re-allocation of NOAA resources to staff the center.

 
 

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