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Webinar: Creating readily-consumable information products to communicate climate risks

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Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 11:00

Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 11:00 AM. Webinar: Creating readily-consumable information products to communicate climate risks. Ed Kearns, First Street Foundation. Sponsored by Cooperative Institute for Satellite and Earth System Studies (CISESS) Science Webinar Series. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: The nonprofit First Street Foundation has created publicly-accessible information products for the U.S. to quantify and communicate climate risk, built upon open government data from NOAA, USGS, USACE, FEMA, USFS, and other government agencies. The methodology behind the creation of flood and wildfire risk products will be described, as well as the strategies for the communication and use of those information products. Challenges in the creation and application of these information products to address climate risk across the US will also be discussed.

Bio(s): As the Chief Data Officer, Dr. Kearns provides leadership for the First Street Foundation's science and data activities. He previously served as Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, overseeing the governance and management of data assets from its 12 bureaus. Appointed as NOAA's first Chief Data Officer in 2017, he led the development of strategies and practices for managing NOAA's data as a national asset. He promoted new uses and wider understanding of federal data through new public-private partnerships and technologies, such as the NOAA Big Data Project, and he helped develop the first Federal Data Strategy for the White House's Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset initiative. He currently also serves as a member of the Applied Sciences Advisory Committee within NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Dr. Kearns holds a B.S. in Physics and Marine Science from the University of Miami, and he holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

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