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VAWS: NOAA’s Regional Climate Services (RCS) Program: what does it do and how does it work with other entities?

June 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AKDT

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Cherry, RCS Director for Alaska

This talk provides an overview of the National Centers for Environmental Information’s Regional Climate Services Program and what services are specifically available for Alaska. Products available from NCEI’s parent organization, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) will also be discussed, as well as the contractual relationship with the Regional Climate Centers. Within NOAA, coordination with the National Weather Service’s Climate Services Branch, Environmental Science and Services Divisions, Regional Integrated Science and Assessment Programs, Co-operative Institutes, and Regional Teams is essential. The RCS Directors also coordinate with state and federal partners such as the State Climatologists, the USDA Climate Hubs, FEMA, and the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers. Listeners should come away with an understanding of what Alaska’s Regional Climate Services Director can provide.