As part of her role as a NOAA Host Researcher for the JASON Learning curriculum Climate: Seas of Change, CPO's Diane Stanitski - program manager of the Ocean Climate Observation program - gave six presentations to students, faculty, and parents in Houston, Texas from Jan. 15-16.
The day and evening presentations focused on ocean climate and careers in the NOAA-related sciences. Stanitski also participated in a live national webcast with students on Feb. 20 to discuss the ocean's role in climate.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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