Women's History Month at NOAA was celebrated
by panelists sharing their personal work and family
challenges with about 40 NOAA women at all professional
levels. Both panelists and audience talked about
the courage, hurdles, educational, and professional
experiences that have helped shape their lives.
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Alfreda Carter-Comeger, NESDIS (left), and Maureen
Chiarizia, NOAA Research (right), spearheaded
the event. Panelists (from second to left) were
Marcia Weaks and Dolores Miller, NESDIS;
Sondra Young-Wick and Sue Perotta, NWS;
Mary Glackin, NESDIS; and Marie Colton, NOAA Research.
1V have two new NOAA Corps officers
at the helm. Lieutenant Commander Andy Beaver
is now commanding officer of the RUDE.
Commander Mike Abbott is on ALBATROSS 1V.
demonstrated the application of drought products
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information
Service (NESDIS) in a publication of the World
Meteorological Association. The publication was
featured at a UN Convention in Bonn, Germany.
Titled, Contribution of Remote Sensing to Drought
Early Warning, Dr. Kogan detailed applications
for early detection, environmental impact, new
ways of drought visualization, and technology
A Dance of Sea and Sky, a look at
the sea's role in weather and climate,
spotlights the work of NOAA's Office
of Global Programs. Produced by The Education
Channel, a part of Baltimore, Maryland's school
system, with help from John Kermond, the video
is streamed on the Office of Global Program's
site. It was a hit at the recent
National Science Teachers' Association where
over 7,500 copies were a hot item at NOAA's booth.
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About 20 NOAA employees joined 12,000 science
teachers at the convention, where NOAA organizers
Joyce Gross, Bob Hansen and Pete
Allen helped plug NOAA's one-stop
education Web site. NWS staff in St. Louis
opened their facilities for tours. NOAA posters,
severe weather and flood safety brochures, Owlie
Skywarn and coloring books also filled many
thousands of tote bags.
Joe Sullivan demonstrates "Tornado Machine"
he brought to convention. Built of a few pipes,
wooden platforms, a water pan, and small fan,
the machine produces a miniature tornado. Warm
water, melted dry ice and the fan create a small
vortex. Many teachers drew diagrams for future
classroom projects. Joe is a warning coordination
meteorologist with NWS's Central Region.
Thomas Delworth, of NOAA's
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory,
is on the international scientific team that published
a study in Nature using the past as a guide to
future climate change. Assembling climate change
projections from climate modeling centers in the
U.S., England and Germany, the team compared model
simulations to observations over the past 50 years.
This technique resulted in scaling factors used
to modify projections of climate change over the
next 50 years. It also produced an estimate of
the uncertainty in such projections, a goal of
the study. Scientists expect that the global mean
temperature will be 2 to 4.5 degrees F warmer
in 2036 - 2046 as compared to pre-industrial conditions.
Kicking off a series of four constituent breakfast
briefings, NOAA Research’s David Evans
and Ants Leetma discussed climate change with
senior staff from the World Wildlife Fund, Natural
Resources Defense Council, Environment and Energy
Institute, and Heinz Center for Science, Economics
and the Environment, among several others. Caren
Madsen, also of NOAA
Research, set up the meetings. Additional
briefings will look at air quality, aquaculture
and ocean exploration.