NCDC Director, Tom Karl, Featured on the Kojo Nnamdi Radio Show

NCDC Director, Tom Karl

On August 21, NCDC Director Tom Karl participated in a panel discussion about climate services on the Tech Tuesday segment of the Kojo Nnamdi Show, a radio show on WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC. Christophe Tulou, the Director of the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, and John Henz, a Senior Meteorologist and Water Resource Technical Leader at Dewberry Consulting, joined Karl on the panel.

Karl explained what NCDC does saying, “What we do is we collect all the data that's measured across the world every day from satellites, weather balloons, weather stations, climate-reference stations, ships in the oceans, floats that profile the ocean. All this data is collected, integrated, and then distributed to users who try to understand how weather and climate affects their businesses. In addition, we also monitor the national and global climate using all this data and information.”

Karl also explained how people can participate in taking weather observations through cooperative observer networks and, with his colleagues, discussed how technology has changed the way we track weather today. They also explored how government planners, farmers, energy companies, and a range of other businesses use climate and weather data for short and long-range planning.

Listen to or read the transcript of the full broadcast of this segment of the Kojo Nnamdi Show.