(Nov. 29, 2012) - The National Weather Service Southern Region played host today to a Department of Interior South Central Climate Science Center (SC-CSC) workshop at the Fitz G. Lanham Federal Office Building in Fort Worth, Texas.
The workshop launched with welcoming remarks from Bill Proenza, regional director of the National Weather Service Southern Region; and Dr. David Brown, National Climatic Data Center Southern Region climate services director.
One of eight centers throughout the nation, the SC-CSC consists of a consortium of federal and university partners with expertise in physical, biological, natural and social sciences.
SRH Dir. Bill Proenza addresses DOI Climate workshop (Photo: Ron Trumbla, SRH)
NCDC Southern Region Climate services Dir. DR. David Brown addresses DOI Climate workshop (Photo: Ron Trumbla, SRH)
"This is the first full-fledged science planning meeting for the science center which provides an opportunity for the Department of Interior, NOAA, the National Weather Service and many partners to collectively shape the direction of funded climate research and services for the Southern Plains region over the next several years," said Brown.
The over-arching theme of the workshop was "precipitation variability". The Southern Plains region is in a zone of dramatic transition in terms of eco-climate system diversity and in terms of occurrences of extreme events.
Breakout sessions during the two-day workshop focused on three basic themes. They included regional climate variability and trends, ecosystems and landscapes and impacts of climate change on human populations in the south central region.
The ultimate goal of the workshop is to set funding priorities for Department of Interior competitive research awards through the SC-CSC in FY 2013.