NOAA HMT Program and Science On a Sphere at California State Fair


August 10, 2007

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in conjunction with the NOAA Hydrometeorological Testbed (HMT) program will showcase Science on a Sphere (SOS) at the California State Fair, August 17 - September 3, 2007, in Sacramento, CA. Staff from the ESRL Physical Sciences Division and Global Systems Division, National Weather Service (NWS), and California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will staff the exhibit. HMT contributors have provided new content on water resource-related issues to enhance the SOS show, including satellite data of the atmospheric rivers that produced flooding in CA during the 2005/2006 New Year's event. August 28th will feature HMT as a part of "California Flood Day," highlighting the work that NOAA and CA-DWR are doing to protect property and save lives in California. Approximately 1 million people are expected to attend the Fair this year.

Background:
HMT is a national testbed strategy being implemented regionally to aid flood forecasting and water resource management. Studies have been performed in Northern California since 1997, but the first actual HMT demonstration is focused in the Sacramento region between 2005-2008. The California Department of Water Resources, planned to exhibit at the CA State Fair with the NWS CA-NV River Forecast Center (CNRFC). CNRFC requested SOS be utilized as part of the exhibit, and HMT provided support to make it possible.

Significance:
This public outreach event provides NOAA with an opportunity to educate a large audience on our research and regional efforts to improve the availability and quality of weather and water information. This activity also serves to solidify a one-NOAA effort through cross line office outreach (NWS & OAR) and supports an important HMT stakeholder in the CA-DWR.

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