20 November 2009

AMS CCS Telephone conference call November 20, 2009


In attendance:  Paul Llanso, Ed O’Lenic, John Dutton, Kelly Redmond, Caitlin Simpson, Chuck Hakkarinen, Holly Hartmann


Paul - describes the webinar with Diffenbaugh and Luber on Climate

Services for Health.  This was a well-attended webinar.  It was fairly

technically-oriented, as opposed to service-oriented.


Holly - I listened to it afterward and was impressed.  Made me think

about how we tie things together. 


Ed -


Chuck - I liked the material that AMS put up on their web site to allow

folks to listen to the webinar, or download it.  Also, they provide the

ppt.  This is great.


JAD - we should sent that url to participants.


Chuck - We always feature a "what's new" section on the front page to

help folks get to deeply imbedded sites.


Ed - we are the only committee using webex this way.


Kelly - both presentations were great.  Very much in the spirit of what

our committee is supposed to do.


Holly - Its very helpful to the community to do these to tie things



Paul - Action plans for municipalities was one of the issues.  This was

very helpful.


Larry Kalkstein has installed such a system for Philadelphia.


Chuck - Speakers and attendees need to know more about who the audience

is.  We should ask attendees to introduce themselves through the chat



Paul - Brian Mardirosian produced a document with this kind before the



Ed - could we do this for larger numbers of attendees?


Paul - The broadcast capability would allow for this.


Holly - the questions and discussion were very helpful.


Paul - the medical community offers credit for some webinars.


Chuck - ditto


Holly - could AMS offer credit.


Kelly - Health has a potentially huge following.  Its 16% of the

economy.  We might not get such interest for other topics.


Holly - a health focus is a good place to test engagement with the



Kelly - there are advanced and not so advanced people out there.


Paul - this webinar was broad in scope.  To do more specific topics

might make them more technical.


Holly - Working with local chapters may be a good way to focus on issues

and engage.


Paul - Our local chapter meeting here last week provoked an interest in

a field trip to another location and engage with another local chapter.

 I plan to use these ppts at local presentations in Asheville.


Holly - We need to find a way to use the webinar content to attract

interest in other communities. 


Ed -


JAD - Apple University is a way to get content from many different

sources.  A series of lectures on different topics might be a good way

to do this.


Chuck - It would be good to develop a plan to make our webinars known to

others.  Maybe a poster in the booth area.


Ed - I plan to take a poster to the AMS annual meeting on our webinars.


JAD - AMS has a good presence in the poster hall.  You could play the

webinar and allow folks to download it.


Chuck - Those giving talks at AMS can plug on the webinars.  We could

invite the community to attend our meeting.


Holly - We can also put an article in the daily BAMS paper at the meeting.


Ed - what should we do next?


Chuck - I have suggested two other topics:  1) transportation sector

(winter), 2) Agriculture sector (spring).


JAD - Energy industry is another good topic.  Policy and regulatory

impact may be bigger than climate on them.


Holly - How does climate services support policy?


Chuck - Our webinars have emphasized US.  A topic on how to interface US

climate services with those in Europe.


Holly - we can go across sectors and topics.  Its important to tie

discussions together.


Kelly - its not necessarily the same audience for each webinar. 


Ed - We are in the process of discovering what the common threads are.


JAD - Apple University might be a good place for this.


Holly - in Atlanta, we could connect our webinar with CDC and local

chapter there.


Ed - marketing the webinar content might be a good thing to do.


Chuck - Our committee carrying the AMS flag.  We have been walking point.


Ed - this is a good topic for a BAMS article.


Kelly - It has not been particularly painful.


Chuck - There has been good success in the technical aspects of the

webinar.  You should put the ppt from the other webinars on the website,



Paul - we have asked Brian to start putting together a library.


Holly - How do we capture content that is directly related to the charge

of our committee.  The webinars provide a way to hear things the

community is interested in.


Caitlin - Maybe we should think of categories of issues:


Accessibility, Comprehension, govt-private conflict, regional vs

country-wide, Health, water, U.S., International,


Caitlin - maybe the next webinar could be on transportation.  Impacts

report for the U.S., regional.


Kelly - I just participated in a review of and FHA study on effects of

climate change on surface transportation.  These might we worth



Chuck - NAS did a recent study on this, too.


Paul - Maybe we could ask the presenters to distill the implications of

these documents for climate services.


Kelly - If we found someone willing to do that, and found someone

working the the sector.  Two speakers is better.


JAD - there is an FHA specialist on the effects of weather on travel.

There is another issue - on the NOAA climate services issue - they are

getting too close to solving the individual users problems.  NOAA simply

can't do this.  We need to think about how services are going to be

converted into user-specific value-added information. 


Kelly - thats a really good idea.  Its fundamental.


JAD - coastal community keeps asking NOAA to solve their problems. 


Kelly - I am very nervous about making those decisions.


JAD - NWS was doing very specific things a while ago, and stopped that,

and are doing a better job.


Kelly - NOAA is not the only player.  Others in govt have climate

information and don't want to be left out.  NGO, private sector, other

govt, etc...


Holly - NOAA still has responsibilities in coastal regions.  They are

users, too.  So, I understand why they might want to do the entire gamut.


Chuck - We need to find out what resources AMS is providing to CCS $$$.


Ed - I will check into that.