KEY DOCUMENTS

March 28, 2012

Meeting Summary
April 16, 2012 

June 2011 


The Pacific Northwest Weather and Climate Outlook Forum was the first in a series of regionally-focused summits hosted by WGA and NOAA to bring together leading practitioners and policy makers to address weather and climate risk. Government agencies and the private sector have a long history of responding to weather and climate uncertainty. However, increased population and development, coupled with extreme weather events and long-term climate trends, have exposed significant vulnerabilities that must be addressed.  Preparing for weather and climate risk is an emerging and rapidly evolving field; this forum served to connect science with decision-making in new and sustainable ways in order to protect our economy and quality of life.


Goals of the Forum:

  • Raise awareness among policy makers of the connections between weather and climate and the economy and quality of life in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Share current weather and climate forecasts, with a focus on extreme events, in the context of upcoming management decisions.
  • Identify specific actions to provide tools, resources, and capacity that states and other resource managers need to respond to weather and climate events.
  • Develop a model for Western states to partner with NOAA and other federal agencies in sharing and responding to weather and climate information.




    Tuesday, April 3



    • The Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of Washington
    • Dr. Robert Detrick, Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research


    What’s at Stake? How Extreme Weather and Climate Affect the Pacific Northwest

    Moderator: Governor Christine Gregoire



    Case study: Great Coastal Gale of 2007



    Lunch and Keynote

    • John Tubbs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, US Department of the Interior


    Weather and Climate Extremes: A National View and Regional Outlook

    Moderator: Dr. Robert Detrick


    An Inventory of Regional Climate Information Assets



    Management Responses across Sectors and Boundaries


    Wednesday, April 4


    Raising Awareness of Extreme Events

    • Emergency Management and Communication: Jim Mullen, Director of Emergency Management, Washington



    Improving Coordination and Response


    Developing Early Warning Systems



    Next Steps

    • Ted Sturdevant, Director, Department of Ecology, Washington
    • Dr. Roger Pulwarty, NOAA  
    • Tom Iseman, WGA