Thursday, February 13, 2014

Announcing the 2nd National Adaptation Forum!

Date: May 12-14, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
Brought to you by EcoAdapt, the National Adaptation Forum Steering Committee, and our generous sponsors, we announce the Second National Adaptation Forum. The Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. The event represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation's communities, resources, and economy in the face of a changing climate. 

The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum was beyond successful with more than 500 attendees, representing 44 states, all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, academia, and private industry. Participants experienced professional development, and information sharing through an innovative and comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster session, and networking events. 

The next Forum will take place May 12-14, 2015, in St. Louis, MO, and is poised to be an even greater success, representing more aspects of the far-reaching adaptation community. While there, participants learn how to make their work climate informed, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. This community is energizing and considers the National Adaptation Forum as the place to build momentum, while simultaneously keeping abreast of new science and engaging new stakeholders. Participants leave ready to take Action Today for a Better Tomorrow.

Learn more about what our participants thought about the Inaugural National Adaptation Forum in this compelling video!

Be a part of the solution and get in on the ground floor as a sponsor for the National Adaptation Forum in 2015. Learn more about the opportunities to participate in the Second National Adaptation Forum by reviewing the prospectus today. Stay tuned for more information as the Forum takes shape by visiting

Friday, February 7, 2014

2013 won't be getting a parade but it will get in the record books!

The annals of hotness will record 2013 as the 6th hottest year since records began (see below), but it seems unlikely that anyone will throw a parade to mark the event (Go Hawks!!). Share your climatological record celebration ideas here!!

Associated Press

2013 was 6th-warmest year on record -- meteorological group

Henry Gass, E&E reporter

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The World Meteorological Organization announced today that 2013 was one of the top 10 warmest years since modern record keeping began. Continuing the trend from last decade's record-breaking temperatures, the WMO ranked 2013 as the sixth-warmest year since modern records began more than a century ago, tied with 2007. The global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.5 degree Celsius above the 1961-1990 average and 0.03 C higher than the most recent 2001-2010 decadal average.
Thirteen of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred in the 21st century. 1988, a former record holder, has now dropped out of the top 20 in the space of 25 years.
The WMO analysis averaged global temperature data sets from four organizations: the Hadley Centre of the U.K. Met Office combined with the University of East Anglia; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies; and reanalysis-based data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
Both NOAA and NASA released their individual rankings two weeks ago, and although individual calculation methods meant each organization ranked 2013 slightly differently, each one had it in the top 10. The ECMWF and NOAA both ranked 2013 the fourth-warmest year on record, while NASA had it seventh (ClimateWire, Jan. 22).
Gavin Schmidt, deputy director of the Goddard Institute, said that the differences among the separate rankings were more a result of data treatment than raw observations and that the variations were small enough to be well within the groups' margins of error. The difference between fourth and seventh place is just 0.02 C.
"The bottom line is this is an analysis that is very coherent with all the other analyses," he said. "This is another top 10 year along with all other top 10 years we've had."
2013 was especially warm given it was an ENSO-neutral year, meaning it didn't experience a warming El Niño event or a cooling La Niña event, both major drivers of natural climate variability. The WMO analysis found 2013 to be among the four warmest ENSO-neutral years on record.
Moving forward, Schmidt said there have been "hints" of an El Niño event arriving in the second half of 2014. If that event does materialize, he said it's very likely this year will be another top 10 year, or even a top three year depending on the strength of the El Niño.
"And if we go into 2015 with an El Niño in place, then that's very likely to be the warmest year on record," he added.
WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a news release that the underlying trend in recent global warming was "undeniable."
"Given the record amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, global temperatures will continue to rise for generations to come," he said.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The 5 Cs: Charles, Chocolate, Chickens, and Climate Change
By Lara Hansen and Rachel M. Gregg

What an amazing news day! In a fascinating turn of events, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestlé, declared that climate change is a purely natural occurrence and that taking action to limit it would be assuming ourselves to be God, during the same news cycle that Prince Charles declared those that don't see the need to act to be "the headless chicken brigade."** Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe's statement is interesting in that it overlooks the fact that by his logic, emitting greenhouse gases and changing the atmosphere would already be playing God. However perhaps logic is difficult when you are part of a brigade of headless chickens. Meanwhile a new study in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that the people of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico may have increasingly more opportunities to consider whether hurricanes are an act of God or enhanced by the changing climate.

** No, this is not a lost Monty Python skit, although "Nobody expects the Headless Chicken Brigade!" would be amazing television!