On April 4, 2016, the White House released an assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. NCICS / CICS-NC staff at the NOAA NCEI Assessments Technical Support Unit played key roles in the development and delivery of the report
A paper in the August issue of Remote Sensing of Environment details the challenges and successes underlying more than a decade of high-quality sea surface temperature (SST) data provided by the NASA Earth Observing System MODIS satellite instruments. CICS-NC director Otis Brown, the principal investigator for SST and member of the original NASA MODIS Science Team, is a co-author.
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina welcomes retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Kerr as the first full-time Executive Director of the American Association of State Climatologists.
The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC) announced today that the AASC will locate its headquarters and its first full-time executive director in Asheville, NC. The AASC supports the development of science-based climate services that assist in climate-related decisions for the public and private sectors, from community planning to business resiliency and risk mitigation.
Dengue is one of many threats to human health that are influenced by climate and other environmental conditions. CICS-NC is providing climate data expertise in support of a project to crowd-source models for forecasting outbreaks of dengue.
Scientists calculate and evaluate a new version of NOAA’s air-freezing index that can be used to estimate maximum soil frost depth.
A Consistent Framework for Prompting and Improving Expert Stewardship of Digital Earth Science Datasets.
The PERSIANN algorithm for estimating rainfall from satellite observations is providing scientists with a valuable tool for studying rainfall. It’s also providing free, near-real-time precipitation data on smartphones or tablets thanks to the new RainMapper app.
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is formed through a consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) on behalf of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. The host institutions for CICS-MD and CICS-NC are UMCP and NCSU, respectively. CICS-NC is an Inter-Institutional Research Center with the UNC System, where it is known as the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS). CICS-NC is co-located with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville, NC.
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On April 5–8, 2016, The Collider in downtown Asheville hosted the 21st session of the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC-21), and the 5th meeting of the World Climate Research Programme Data Advisory Council. Both groups met jointly on April 7. These meetings were jointly organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Observing System for Climate (GCOS).
NCICS/CICS-NC Director Otis Brown served as organizer and chair for the WDAC meeting.
Photo courtesy of Scott Wilkins of CICS-NC.