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programs within ISSE

One of ISSE's goals is to act as integrative force across NCAR. While contributing to ISSE's main research themes, these larger multi-year research programs and initiatives, lead by ISSE scientists, cross divisional boundaries at NCAR and present examples of integrative research.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative

NCAR Geographic Information System (GIS) InitiativeThe NCAR Geographic Information System (GIS) Initiative recognizes systematic methods for organizing and sharing geospatial information are essential to advancing earth system science and other aspects of the geosciences. This initiative explores crucial issues related to integrating weather and climate data with complementary information from the physical sciences, social sciences, and related areas of the geosciences.

North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program

narccaNARCCAP is an international program that will serve the high resolution climate scenario needs of both the United States and Canada, using regional climate model, coupled global climate model, and time-slice experiments.

RISA-NCAR Collaboration

NCAR RISA CollaborationISSE is building collaborative ties with NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program. After two brainstorming and planning meetings, researchers at NCAR and various RISA Centers around the country will focus their initial collaboration on three topics: (1) downscaled climate change projections through the  North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP); (2) Water-weather-climate interactions; and (3) Capturing and assessing the RISA science-stakeholder interaction.

Societal Impacts Program

Societal Impacts ProgramWith funding from the U.S. Weather Research Program, NCAR established the Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economic Benefits of Weather Information (SIP). This program is a focal point for assembling, coordinating, developing, and synthesizing research and information on the societal impacts and economic benefits of weather information.

Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program

NCAR Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science InitiativeThe NCAR Climate and Weather Impact Assessment Science Program focuses on critical scientific gaps in the weather and climate arenas that have proved particularly challenging for decision-makers and scientists alike: 1) characterizing uncertainty; 2) extreme weather and climate events; and 3) the role of climate in human health.



NEWS and Announcements

women's magazine

Leading Ladies of Science
Kathy Miller,  Paty Romero, and Linda Mearns  are interviewed in  the Boulder Women's Magazine on their roles in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Reports.  Read more

Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill joins the rank of ISSE Scientists.
Brian began his position in ISSE mid January. He comes to NCAR from research scientist positions at IIASA and Brown University, with expertise in population and greenhouse gas emissions, carbon cycling, and uncertainty and learning.

Governor Ritter Group

In late November all Colorado scientists who contributed to the IPCC work over the years, as authors, were honored by Governor Ritter for sharing in the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007. Kathy Miller, Paty Romero Lankao, and Linda Mearns attended the ceremony, chatted with the governor, and consumed reasonably flavored food.

ISSE Scientists share in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recognition of IPCC. Paty Romero Lankao as Coordinating Lead Author, Linda Mearns & Kathy Miller as Lead Authors, and Rick Katz, Susi Moser, and Claudia Tebaldi as Contributing Authors, participated in the most recent IPCC Reports, both for Working Group I on Climate Science and Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.

Paty Lankao

Dr. Patricia Romero Lankao was awarded the Latina Leader Award in Science, on August 9th, 2007 . This award is given by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding Latinas in their respective professional arenas and their impact on the Latino community. Click here to see the letter.

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Seminars & Coffee Talks

July 29 at 10am Coffee Talk in the ML Directors conference room

Assimilation of Scientific Information into Complex Problem Solving

By Richard B. Rood, University of Michigan

In Winter of 2005 I started a graduate course about the intersection of science, economics, and policy. Since then, the course has evolved into a project-oriented course on solving problems related to the challenge of climate change. More

July 17 - ISSE Risk & Uncertainty Seminar

What Do People Know About Global Climate Change Now?

By Ann Bostrom, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

NCAR Foothills Laboratory Main Auditorium FL2-1022 10:30–11:30am

To read more about this seminar, please view the flyer here.

June 23 - ISSE Risk & Uncertainty Seminar

Decision Making Under Risk and Ambiguity: An Experimental Examination of Competence and Confidence Effects

By Jamie Brown Kruse,Professor of Economics, Director of Center for Natural Hazards Research, and Director of the RENCI Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling, East Carolina University

NCAR Mesa Laboratory, Damon Room , 10:30-11:30 a.m.

To read more about this seminar, please view the abstract here.

May 23 at 10am Coffee Talk in the Directors conference room

Dale Rothman was one of the CLAs for the scenarios chapter of the fourth Global Environmental Outlook (see He will discuss the process by which the scenarios were developed and present some of the basic results. In the process, he will contrast the approached used with that of 'similar' global scenario exercises, such as the IPCC SRES scenarios and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. More

Past Talk: April 29 - Climate Change in Norway: Social Science Perspectives on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation

Norway is an affluent country that is generally considered to be
resilient to the impacts of climate change. Perspectives from the
social sciences, however, show that vulnerability to the impacts of
climate change depends largely on the scale of analysis. Both exposure
and the distribution of climate sensitive sectors vary greatly across
scale... More

Past Talk: April 22 - Application of Weather Research for Decision Making in New Hampshire

This seminar will review two small research projects conducted in the last few years in which the outcome of the research was specifically designed to result in improved decision making by users of weather information. The first research project which concluded in 2006 was a cooperative project between Plymouth State University and Public Service of New Hampshire an electric utility company. Phase I of this work involved understanding past weather... More

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