NCDC Staff to Lead NOAA-Wide Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team

Image of Dr. David Brown, Southern Regional Climate Services Director and NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team Lead

Dr. David Brown, Southern Regional Climate Services Director and NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team Lead

Recently, Southern Regional Climate Services Director, Dr. David Brown, began a two-year term as Team Lead of NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team (SECART). As the Lead of SECART, David will provide strategic leadership for the team members as they identify and apply NOAA’s full range of capabilities within and across the Southeast and Caribbean regions, which consist of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The team aims to not only understand stakeholder needs and NOAA’s capabilities in the region, but also to synthesize these regional needs and capabilities into achievable and nationally significant priorities as they build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and partners.

NOAA established its Regional Collaboration effort in 2007 to support integrated, regionally tailored implementation of NOAA-wide program priorities and to provide a more systematic approach to both internal and external communications and coordination. NOAA produces relevant, reliable, and timely scientific information to support decision-making and fulfill its mandates. Regional collaboration helps NOAA achieve this by identifying and applying their range of capabilities, within and across regions, to improve productivity and value to stakeholders.

Communication and coordination across NOAA and its partners can be challenging, given the extent of locations, missions, and needs. With a broad portfolio of activities and services in the Southeast and Caribbean, SECART specifically supports two collaborative partnerships that improve, focus, and better integrate the development and delivery of NOAA’s products and services on a regional level: NOAA in the Carolinas and NOAA in the Caribbean. These and other SECART-sponsored efforts will be a primary focus of David’s work over the next two years.

Congratulations to David Brown!