PSD Co-Hosts National Seasonal Assessment Workshop


April 8, 2009

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory's Physical Sciences Division and the NOAA-funded Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS) will co-host the National Seasonal Assessment Workshop (NSAW) for the Western States and Alaska & North America, April 14-16, 2009. This is the 5th year that the workshop will be held at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, CO. The workshop is a continuing effort to improve information available to fire management decision-makers incorporating the best science available and fostering collaboration between fire and climate experts from state and federal agencies, universities, and the private sector. Participants include researchers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

CLIMAS is one of eight university-based teams funded through the NOAA Climate Program Office's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program. The RISA program supports research that addresses complex climate sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. The National Seasonal Assessment Workshops are designed to develop tools for proactive fire management bringing together climatologists, predictive service units, and fire managers from across the nation to produce seasonal fire outlook reports.

This workshop is a means for developing comprehensive seasonal fire danger outlooks that incorporate information about climate and fuels conditions. Fire danger outlooks for the upcoming fire season are shared with decision makers, media, and the general public in order to mitigate potential societal impacts. These activities support NOAA's mission goal serving society's needs for weather and water information, and NOAA's cross-cutting priority of international cooperation and collaboration.

Contact: Robert Webb