Bypassing Congressional deniers: Western Governors agreement with NOAA to provide climate services

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Glacier National Park (Credit: Western Governors Association)

A new agreement between the Western Governors’ Association and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for improving the development and delivery of climate science and services will boost efforts to ensure Western states and the U.S. Pacific islands are better able to plan for severe drought, floods, wildfire, extreme storms, and other impacts of global climate disruption and variability. The Governors have recognized the need. Attacks by Congressional know-nothings on climate science and federal climate service decision-support acitivty cannot be allowed to stand in the way of NOAA doing its job on climate preparedness.

 Earlier posts:

Proposed NOAA Climate Service attacked and defended at House Science Committee hearing

Letters in support of the NOAA Climate Service that the House Science Committee hasn’t made public

NOAA Climate Service blocked in 2011 budget – Will Obama and Democrats let this happen again in 2012?

NOAA announced in a June 30 release (excerpt):

Western Governors, NOAA agree to work together to improve climate services for the West

(Credit: NOAA)

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) today announced a joint agreement for improving the development and delivery of climate science and services to Western states. In the midst of a record-breaking season for extreme drought, flood, wildfire and severe storms, this timely agreement will increase collaboration and boost existing efforts to ensure Western states and the U.S. Pacific islands are better able to plan for these types of natural hazards.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed today at the WGA’s Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Govs. C.L. “Butch” Otter (Idaho) and Chris Gregoire (Washington), the Chair and Vice Chair of WGA. WGA includes Governors from 19 Western states and three U.S. Flag Pacific Islands.

In today’s agreement, WGA and NOAA committed to improve the development, coordination and dissemination of climate information to support the important long-range hazard planning priorities and resource management decisions of WGA members. The agreement articulates two priority areas:

  • disaster risk reduction focusing on the impact of extreme events, such as droughts, floods, fires and tropical cyclones; and,
  • improved science and climate information to support the management of coastal, estuarine, and marine resources important to achieving resilient coastal communities and ecosystems.

(Credit: NOAA)

The Governors recognize the inextricable link between the climate and the natural resources, infrastructure, economies and communities of the West. This agreement expresses a unified commitment to develop and use sound data and information to effectively manage natural resources and human infrastructure and build a more resilient West. …

Given recent events in the West, immediate priorities will include improved coordination and bringing NOAA’s climate information to bear to meet natural resource challenges related to flooding in the Northern Rockies, drought and fire risk in the Southwest, and ocean and coastal management for the West Coast states. …

Also see:

Western Governors Association Initiative on Climate Change and Adaptation 

Emerging scientific research indicates that the Western U.S. will be disproportionately impacted by climactic variability and change. This is due to the natural topographical and geographical diversity of the region combined with increased population growth and a changing economy.

In particular, research has found that water resources, natural ecosystems, agriculture and tourism could be significantly impacted by any increase in average temperature. The dominance of federal land coupled with complex water adjudications has complicated the ability of the region to reach consensus on adaptation policies.

Western Governors have adopted resolutions that specifically speak to Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change and Supporting the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Science in the West.  In the latter resolution, the Governors encouraged Congress and the Administration to create a National Climate Service, which is now being pursued within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In 2010, WGA issued a climate adaptation report that emphasizes the need for coordination between state and federal efforts to identify key science that is Western specific and begins to share and implement smart practices.

The Governors support streamlined coordination of federal agencies that respond to climate adaptation and greater cooperation with state agencies, and they agreed the new entity should undertake, coordinate and communicate necessary research and modeling with respect to climate change and adaptation.  The new service should also provide relevant decision-making tools for local and state governments in addressing climate change and adaptation issues; connect social, health and economic trends to climate change (and vice versa); and include in its mission public education and outreach.  The WGA climate adaptation report emphasizes the need for coordination between state and federal efforts to identify key science that is Western specific and begins to share and implement smart practices. …

A Climate Service in NOAA 

NOAA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Request includes a reorganization that brings together its existing widely dispersed climate capabilities under a single line office management structure, the Climate Service.

The principal goal of this reorganization is to more efficiently and effectively respond to the rapidly increasing demand for easily accessible and timely scientific data and information about climate that helps people make informed decisions in their lives, businesses, and communities. NOAA provides this to citizens as climate services.

The Climate Service will allow NOAA to provide a reliable and authoritative source for climate data, information, and decision support
services and to more effectively coordinate with other agencies and partners.

This website provides the context and background materials concerning the reorganization to establish a climate service in NOAA.

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2 Responses to Bypassing Congressional deniers: Western Governors agreement with NOAA to provide climate services

  1. daroueche athoumani comore says:

    nous sommes hereux que le president tienne inportence aux changement climatique merci daroueche atoumani direction nationnale de l:industrie union des comores

  2. sailrick says:

    Make climate change the issue that beats the deniers in 2012 election.
    It’s only a matter of time before the ‘science free’ GOP’s denial does them in. Lets make it now. What’s going on in congress is embarrasing.

    GOP congressman Rohrbacher suggests trees cause global warming

    Speaker of the House Boehner says CO2 emissions nothing to worry about because humans breathe CO2 in and out. Brilliant.

    Michelle Bachman says there have been no scientific studies showing CO2 is harmful.
    I guess she missed the ~10,000 (up to about 2006) published research papers behind the IPCC’s 2007 4th Assessment Report

    GOP Rep Fred Upton says there can be no global warming because God won’t allow it to happen.

    And of course Sen Inhofe says its all a big hoax.
    Sure Senator, the entire world scientific community is just trying to get more grant money.

    Barton and Ihofe get more oil money than any other legislators, in the House and Senate, respectively.

    Minnestota GOP senator claims to have studied all 13 fields of science related to climate change. Just so you know, no climate scientist would make such a claim.

    “Turns out that the self proclaimed “No. 1 global warming denier in Minnesota” one Michael Jungbauer, a man, whom in his own words, has “studied all 13 disciplines of science” contained in the IPCC reports, and now sits in the Minnesota state senate.. The problem is, he is not a scientist.”

    http://rabett.blogspot.com/2011/06/cage-match.html

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