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Special Science Pub: Understanding the Importance of Data: The National Climate Assessment as a Case Study in Data Transparency and Accessibility

March 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us in the Collider for a special edition of Science Pub in celebration of Climate City Expo.

About this talk:

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”
The Sustained Assessment process has produced a suite of climate change reports: The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3), The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I, and Volume II (NCA4), Regional Surface Climate Conditions in CMIP3 and CMIP5 for the United States: Differences, Similarities, and Implications for the U.S. National Climate Assessment, Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, and NOAA’s State Climate Summaries. Not only are these groundbreaking reports on climate change science, they are also the first suite of climate science reports to provide detailed documentation on data transparency, accessibility and scientific reproducibility. Most often, these reports are discussed in context of their scientific findings as they relate to policy and decision-making. This presentation will highlight the importance in the underlying data as a partner to the recommendations for policy and decision-makers.

About the speaker:

Sarah Champion is a Research Scholar with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies and serves as the Data Architect for NOAA’s Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the National Climate Assessment (NCA). In this role, Sarah leads the efforts for achieving transparent and accessible NCA data, and reproducible NCA science in compliance with federal mandates. Over the course of her 7 years with the TSU, Sarah has defined processes and tools by which the data and science for six major government reports have been made fully transparent, accessible, and reproducible. These practices have since been adopted by multiple agencies to achieve similar levels of data transparency, accessibility, and reproducibility for similar reports. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in meteorology from Penn State University and her Master of Science degree in Meteorology from The Naval Postgraduate School, while serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Sarah is also pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University, with research focused on extreme precipitation.

Science Pub events are free to the public, with free drinks and light snacks, thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Collider, Wicked Weed Brewing, Ingles Markets, and the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and talks begin at 6 PM.


March 29
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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