Lunch & Learn: From Climate Indicators to Action
Climate change indicators, often presented as charts or maps, are defined as “observations or calculations that can be used to track conditions and trends”, but their importance goes far beyond a simple graphic. Indicators help us to: understand how our environmental conditions are changing; consider and assess risks and vulnerabilities; and ultimately take action in becoming resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.
Attendees will learn what makes a high quality climate change indicator, what is involved in the development of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) indicators set, and insights into the indicator "platform" that spans deeper efforts by several of the USGCRP agencies.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested to learn about the creation of climate change indicators and their importance to decision makers.
Laura Stevens is a research scientist with North Carolina State University and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – North Carolina (CICS-NC), providing primary science and technical support for both the National Climate Assessment and the U.S. Global Change Research Program Indicators Interagency Working Group. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Reading and a master’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Leeds, UK.
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