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Presentation by Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, at the Blue Planet Forum, June 7, 2012.

Presentation by Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, at the Blue Planet Forum, June 7, 2012.

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  • 1. Dr. Kathryn SullivanAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation &Prediction and Acting Chief Scientist | NOAAJune 7, 2012
  • 2. EXTREME EVENT PROGRESS SHORT-FUSE EVENTS FORECAST CLIMATE & ANALYZE ENVIRONMENTAL TRENDS2 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 3. Local and immediate – i.e. Hampton tornado Friday To Regional and Decadal and further3 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 4. Monthly State of Annual State of National Drought Monitor the Climate the Climate Climate National – Reports Reports Assessment Agriculture – – – & Global Decision Decision Decision Makers Makers Makers Heat Wave Drought Climate Hurricane Tracks Prediction Normals Outlook – – – –Regional Emergency Public Health Agriculture Construction, Planners Officials Infrastructure, Agriculture Tornado Warnings Heating & Cooling Temperature & – Precipitation Extreme Degree Days Outlooks Detection & General Public, – Local Most sectors Energy Sector – Attribution – Agriculture Insurance Weekly Monthly Seasonal – Annual Decadal4 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 5. 16.3M Tons of Cargo = $36.1B Updated Norfolk Harbor Nautical Chart5 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 6. Composite image of backscatter and partially transparent bathymetry data collected by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office with historic oyster boundaries and recent monitoring sites in the Great Wicomico River, Virginia6 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 7. The mean sea level trend is 4.44 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence interval of +/- 0.27 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from 1927 to 2006 which is equivalent to a change of 1.46 feet in 100 years.7 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 8. Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) Flooding In Norfolk NOAAs National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON)8 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 9. 1. Grow Number Of Users 2. Scale our data assimilation systems to meet rising demand9 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 10. OBSERVATIONS PEOPLE COMPUTATION & CRITICAL MODELING ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INTELLIGENCE10 Environmental Intelligence For Coastal Communities
  • 11. Dr. Kathryn SullivanAssistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation &Prediction and Acting Chief Scientist | NOAAJanuary 23, 2012