<i>NOAA Data and Information for a Changing Climate: A Conference for Public and Private Sector Users</i>
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Working Groups

Energy - Insurance - Transportation

Working Groups Participants will attend one of three working groups to discuss and identify the emerging information needs of the energy, insurance, and transportation sectors in the context of a changing climate.

The intended result of the working groups is to provide NOAA with recommendations on how to better serve the energy, insurance, and transportation sectors. Given the interest in and need to respond to an environment where the climate is changing, what new/revised products/services do these sectors need from NOAA?

Conference participants will be asked to focus these items specifically:

  • to identify the emerging information needs of these sectors as a result of a changing climate;
  • to characterize requirements for new or revised NOAA products and services to address those needs including the issue of data set version control;
  • to develop recommendations and prioritize them in the context of five actionable suggestions for NOAA to consider;
  • address the need for all types of NOAA data and information (not just climate data); and
  • identify top 5 recommendations and summarize full suite of issues and information needs identified by each Working Group, include best practices for continued dialogue.

Note: Although the Working Groups will be asked to identify their top five recommendations, NOAA will be provided with a summary of the full suite of issues and information needs identified during Working Group discussions.

Each working group will have a chair to facilitate the discussion and a rapporteur to record the results of the discussion. In addition, experts from each sector (private sector and NOAA) will be identified to give consideration prior to the conference to the key questions. This will help to promote the discussion.

Chair: Robert Correll, Ph.D., Global Change Director, The Heinz Center
Rapporteur: Anne Waple, Science Writer/Editor, NOAA/NCDC (confirmed)
Expert Panel:
  • Lisa Beal, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
  • Bill Fang, Deputy General Counsel and Climate Issue Director Edison Electric Institute (invited)
  • Monica Hale, Sustainability Director, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (confirmed)
  • John Novak, Executive Director, Federal and Industry Activities, Environmental and Generation Sectors, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Thomas R. Wilbanks, Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chair: Carl Hedde, President, Munich Re North America (confirmed)
Rapporteur: Eileen Shea, Director, NOAA Integrated Data and Environmental Applications Center (confirmed)
Expert Panel:
  • David Carttar, Manager, Spatial Data Products Development, Risk Management Solutions (invited)
  • Margaret A. Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center (confirmed)
  • Richard J. Murnane, Ph.D., Program Manager, Risk Prediction Initiative, Bermuda Biological Station for Research
  • Roger Pulwarty, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), NOAA
  • Tim Reinhold, Director of Engineering and Vice President, Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
  • Jayanta (Jay) Guin, Senior Vice President, Research and Modeling, AIR Worldwide (confirmed)

Chair: Henry Gerard Schwartz, Ph.D., Senior Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Rapporteur: Marjorie McGuirk, Meteorologist, National Partnership Liaison, NOAA/NCDC (confirmed)
Expert Panel:
  • Steven Barnum, Commissioned Officer, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA; Team Lead, Commerce/Transportation Goal Team (invited)
  • Alan C. Clark, Manager, Transportation and Air Quality Programs, Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC); Director, H-GAC Metropolitan Planning Organization (invited)
  • Geraldine Knatz, Director, Port of Los Angeles (invited)
  • John A. "Jack" May, Director, Aviation Weather Center, NOAA
  • William P. Mahoney, III, Director, Weather Systems and Assessment Program, Research Applications Laboratory, NCAR; Chair, Board on Enterprise and Economic Development, American Meteorology Society (invited)
  • Paul Pisano, Maintenance Decision Support System, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (invited)

Working Groups If you are unable to attend the NOAA Data and Information for a Changing Climate: A Conference for Public and Private Sector Users, but would like to provide NOAA with your perspective on the questions outlined for the working groups to address, you may send your comments to NOAAData@strategies.org. Please be sure to put the working group name on the subject line. All comments will be forward to NOAA as well as to the working group chair and rapporteur. Your perspective will be taken into consideration during the group discussions and when the final report is prepared. Comments must be received no later than October 29, 2007.

Sponsored by: NOAA National Climatic Data Center/Organized by: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies