Toolkit Climate Training Courses State Climatologists Experts

The training courses here can help you acquire the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to manage your climate-related risks and opportunities. All courses are free of charge, and are offered in at least one of three formats: online audio-visual presentations (“Online, Self-Guided” and “Tool Tutorial”), training webinars (“Online, Scheduled Lecture Series”), and residence training courses (“Onsite, Instructor-Led”). Each training module is accompanied with a test to help you evaluate your knowledge. These courses feature scientific information adapted from authoritative sources, prepared by recognized subject matter experts. The courses have been pilot tested with users and other subject matter experts and may be updated periodically, as needed.

State Climatologists
Dr. John Christy
Huntsville, AL
Provides weather and climate information to the public and private interests to improve decision-making activities that affect environmental quality and the economic efficiency of the State of Alabama. Activities include providing specific weather data for the state and for the world, developing plans to mitigate the economic impacts of weather and climate variability, and providing consultation on the use, interpretation, and availability of weather and climate information.
Dr. Gerd Wendler
Fairbanks, AK
Responds to inquiries concerning the meteorology and climatology of Alaska from public, private, and government agencies, and from researchers around the world. Also conducts research on a number of high latitude meteorological and climatological topics and provides useful links for related data.
Dr. Nancy Selover
Tempe, AZ
Disseminates climate information about the State of Arizona, monitors the climate of Arizona and the region, collaborates with state agencies in need of climate data and advisement, and conducts research on Arizona’s climate.
Michael Borengasser
Little Rock, AR
Services and research to help describe and explain climate and its impacts on natural systems and human activities. Foci include agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.
Michael Anderson
Sacramento, CA
The California State Climate Office collects and interprets climate data for California, and disseminates climate data and information.
Nolan Doesken
Fort Collins, CO
Monitors Colorado’s diverse and variable climate, conducts research, and provides climate data, information, and expertise to the citizens of Colorado. Foci include climate monitoring, snow measurement, and citizen science.
Xiusheng (Harrison) Yang
Storrs, CT
Helps collect, disseminate, and use climate data to monitor and assess climatic conditions and impacts in Connecticut and the northeastern United States. Also works to further the economic efficiency and general welfare of public and private institutions and individuals in the state and region.-
Dr. Daniel Leathers
Newark, DE
Collects, archives, and disseminates weather and climate data in Delaware and the mid-Atlantic Region, and to K-16 education across the state. Foci include emergency management, natural resource monitoring, and transportation.
David Zierden
Tallahassee, FL
Provides climate data, information, and services for Florida residents, communities, and businesses. Foci include historical weather observations, long-term climatologies, extreme events, and special analysis on climate variability.
Bill Murphey
Atlanta, GA
Functions to collect, disseminate, and interpret climatological and meteorological data, responding to public and private entities on issues related to Georgia’s climate, as well as offering correspondence with educational institutions relating to atmospheric science. Stays apprised of current meteorological patterns and atmospheric conditions, including droughts, the ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) forecast, and short, middle, and long-term seasonal outlooks. Also internally produces composite maps containing climatological information, such as precipitation and temperature.
Pao-Shin Chu
Honolulu, HI
Provides information on Hawaii’s climate, such as rainfall, temperature, etc. Other foci include mapping tropical cyclone tracks over the central North Pacific, climate monitoring for Hawaii’s National Park Service and other major Pacific islands, investigating climate change in the Kona coffee-growing regions, and long-term precipitation trends and its relationship with the ENSO cycle.
Russel Qualls
Moscow, ID
Disseminates climate data and information to Idaho residents and stakeholders, and fosters use of this information in decision making. Conducts applied research related to climate issues and improves the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional, and national scales.
Dr. Dev Niyogi
West Lafayette, IN
Archives official daily and hourly weather observations recorded throughout Indiana and provides climate observations and summaries for interested stakeholders, including farmers, attorneys, construction workers, environmental monitors, forensics, government, insurance, news media, research, education, and utilities.
Dr. Jim Angel
Champaign, IL
Promotes the use of climate information in areas crucial for the economic and environmental benefit of Illinois by disseminating climate information, monitoring climate events, conducting applied research, and making presentations to community organizations and the media.
Harry Hillaker
Des Moines, IA
Archives daily weather and climate data, and answers public inquiries about weather and climate in Iowa. Serves on the Iowa Drought Task Force and provides regular updates of temperature and precipitation data to the USDA Farm Service Agency for use in evaluating counties’ eligibility for disaster relief programs.
Mary Knapp
Manhattan, KS
Conducts applied climate studies, develops improved climate information products, and provides climate services to Kansans and others in the High Plains region.
Stuart Foster
Bowling Green, KY
Delivers climate services to business and industry, government, education, organizations, and individuals throughout Kentucky. Conducts research and disseminates information on climatic variability and change, influences of the natural environment upon human activity, and impacts of human activity upon the natural environment. Promotes understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and its importance to society. Works with the public and private sectors to promote sustainable development.
Barry Keim
Baton Rouge, LA
Provides weather and climate data and information to stakeholders and residents in Louisiana.
Dr. George Jacobson
Orono, ME
Provides weather and climate data and information to stakeholders and residents in Maine. Research has focused on biological aspects of long-term changes in climate, ecosystems, and landscapes since the last Ice Age.
Kenneth Pickering
College Park, MD
Provides climatological, hydrological, and meteorological data and information to Maryland state businesses, agencies, students, researchers, and citizens. Researches the climate of Maryland, and climate change in the state.
David Taylor
Lunenburg, MA
Jeffrey Andresen
East Lansing, MI
Monitors and assesses climatic conditions and their impacts in Michigan and the Midwest. Disseminates high-quality climate data, data summaries, and climate information. Prepares specialized historical climate data sets, and coordinates and conduct applied research on climate-related issues and problems.
Greg Spoden and Pete Boulay
St. Paul, MN
Collects, manages, analyzes, and disseminates weather and climate data for Minnesota. Products include weekly precipitation maps, weekly snow depth maps, long-term summaries of temperature and precipitation, and miscellaneous summaries of weather and climate events.
Charles Wax
Mississippi State, MS
Provides climate information to the public and conducts research into the influences of climate on environmental processes and human activities in Mississippi and the Southeast region.
Dr. Patrick Guinan
Columbia, MO
Provides needed information for effective planning and management of Missouri agriculture, industry, and natural resources. Develops advanced databases of atmospheric conditions, climate variations, and ecosystem changes in Missouri. Produces value-added products from available weather data and disseminates the products to users. Applies atmospheric research tools to assess and predict climate change and its effects on the atmosphere and regional environment, and ecosystem responses.
Donald Potts
Missoula, MT
Provides high-quality, timely, relevant, and scientifically based climate information and services to Montanans. Provides information for specific sectors of interest by either geography or industry, and assists stakeholders in adapting climate products to their needs.
Allen Dutcher
Lincoln, NE
Conducts applied climate studies, develops improved climate information products, and provides climate services to residents of Nebraska and the High Plains region.
Dr. Douglas Boyle
Reno, NV
Collects and interprets Nevada’s climate data and shares this analysis with interested stakeholders and the general public. Foci include watershed hydrology and the development, implementation, and evaluation of complex computer-based models of surface and groundwater hydrologic systems in arid and semi-arid environments.
New Hampshire
Dr. Mary Stampone
Durham, NH
Serves the citizens of New Hampshire by providing access to climatological data and information, conducting climate-related research that is relevant to the needs of the state and its residents, and serving as a focal point for climate education and outreach.
New Jersey
Dr. David Robinson
Piscataway, NJ
Collects and archives climate data, maintaining an active research program pertaining to New Jersey climate and, through various outreach programs, provides climate education and information to the citizens of New Jersey. Research foci include urban climates, insect pest management, climate change, drought, emergency management, and homeland security.
New Mexico
Dr. David DuBois
Las Cruces, NM
Provides climate information and education to New Mexicans through speaking engagements, school demonstrations, and tours. Conducts research on air quality, dust, ozone, and other pollutants.
New York
Mark Wysocki
Ithaca, NY
Collects, disseminates, and uses climate data to monitor and assess climatic conditions and impacts in New York and the northeastern United States. Also works to further the economic efficiency and general welfare of public and private institutions and individuals in the state and region.
North Carolina
Ryan Boyles
Raleigh, NC
Studies North Carolina’s climate and its interaction with the environment. Investigates the effects of climatic variations on agriculture, air pollution, and natural resources and develops forecasts that assist in resource management. Provides climate information to the citizens of North Carolina and assists North Carolina state agencies in climate-environment interaction issues and related applications.
North Dakota
Dr. Adnan Akyuz
Fargo, ND
Provides the public with a multitude of resources on weather data, weather data summaries, climate summaries, and climate reports. Also, provides the public with application models for a variety of agricultural crops.
Jeffrey Rogers
Columbus, OH
Collects, archives, disseminates, and interprets climate data for government, public, and private users in the state and regionally. Research foci include reconstruction of the long-term history of Ohio and eastern U.S. climate, impacts of climate variability and change on water resources, the role of the ocean and atmospheric circulation changes on Ohio climate, and the causes and impacts of drought in Ohio.
Dr. Renee McPherson
Norman, OK
Acquires, processes, and disseminates climate and weather data and information for use by Oklahoma citizens. Provides climate services and conducts research on the impacts of climate on human activities.
Phil Mote
Corvallis, OR
Collects, manages, and maintains Oregon weather and climate data. Provides weather and climate information to citizens within and outside the state of Oregon. Educates the people of Oregon on current and emerging climate issues and conducts research on weather and climate issues.
Paul Knight
University Park, PA
Provides a variety of climate services to all residents and businesses in Pennsylvania. Reconstruction of weather events, seasonal weather summaries, professional analysis of natural disasters, and archived temperature and precipitation are some of the services provided, which are often used by stakeholders in insurance, agriculture, litigation, construction, public media, energy, water management, and the public.
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Hope Mizzell
Columbia, SC
Provides climate services to the people of South Carolina. Represents the state in all climatological and meteorological matters within and outside South Carolina. Assists state and federal agencies in data acquisition and forecast interpretation before, during, and after severe weather. Conducts research related to weather and climate issues.
South Dakota
Dr. Dennis Todey
Brookings, SD
Provides climate and weather data for South Dakota, as well as current and historic weather and climate information for agriculture, industry, education, and the public good.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon
College Station, TX
Provides the state of Texas with accurate climate information and expertise in the field of climatology. Also promotes education and understanding of the climate, its elements, and its impacts on Texas.
Robert Gillies
Logan, UT
Provides climate data and services for Utah’s citizens, businesses, schools, and public institutions. Research foci include precipitation in Utah, megadroughts of the past millennium, teleconnections to the western Pacific, trends in snowpack, and drought projection.
Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux
Burlington, VT
Provides weather, climate, and water resource information for Vermont. Foci include studies of atmospheric processes and ways of reducing Vermonters’ vulnerabilties to climate hazards and extreme weather events in an ever-changing climate system.
Charlottesville, VA
Nick Bond
Seattle, WA
Collects, disseminates, and interprets climate climate and weather information for state and local decision makers and agencies working on drought, flooding, climate change, and other related issues. Research foci include the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest, and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific.
West Virginia
Dr. Kevin Law
Huntington, WV
Provides climatic data and information while serving West Virginia in perfoming climate research and education.
John Young
Madison, WI
Manages data for climate monitoring, provides climate information to Wisconsin residents and government agencies, develops value-added products and impact applications for stakeholders, and conducts applied climate research.
Tony Bergantino
Laramie, WY
Provides a variety of climate services, ranging from the development of enhanced drought-monitoring products to the online dissemination of water and climate data. Also supports a variety of stakeholder groups by assisting in the development of the State Water Plan and helping to coordinate long-term climate and hydrologic monitoring efforts throughout the region.
Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)
New York, NY
CCRUN assesses risks from climate variability and change in urban settings, and provides science-based adaption-related decision resources. Foci include water, coasts, human health, and green infrastructure.
Area(s) served: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
NOAA Regional Climate Centers
Southeast Regional Climate Center
Chapel Hill, NC
The center’s mission is to increase the use and availability of climate data, tools, and information in the southeastern U.S. to help private and public sector constituents reduce risk and improve resilience to the impacts of climate variability and change.
Area(s) served: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands
NOAA NCDC Regional Climate Services Dir.
National Climatic Data Center
Asheville, NC
Preserves, monitors, assesses, and provides public access to the United States’ (and much of the world’s) historical weather and climate data and information.
Area(s) served: All U.S. states and territories
NOAA National Weather Service
Eastern Region
Bohemia, NY
Provides observations and information on a wide range of climate-related issues facing the Eastern U.S., including droughts, water supply, coastal environments, agriculture, freezes, heat waves, severe storms, and diverse impacts from the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
Area(s) served: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachussets, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
NOAA River Forecast Centers
Middle Atlantic
State College, PA
Saves lives and decreases property damage by issuing flood warnings and river stage forecasts. Provides basic hydrologic forecast information for the nation’s economic and environmental well-being. Provides extended forecast information for water resources management. Specializes in flood and water resource forecasting, river modeling, and hydrologic system development. Works with water management agencies to provide the best possible operations of reservoir systems.
Area(s) served: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
NOAA Sea Grant
Virginia Sea Grant
Gloucester Point, VA
Advances the resilience and sustainability of Virginia’s coastal and marine ecosystems and the communities that depend upon them. Works with resource managers, businesses, communities, and other stakeholders to provide and apply the best science available. Foci include safe and sustainable seafood, healthy coastal and marine ecosystems, sustainable and resilient coastal communities, and coastal and ocean literacy.
Area(s) served: Virginia
NOAA National Estuarine Research (NEER)
Chesapeake Bay Virginia Reserve
Gloucester Point, VA
NERRS is a network of 28 areas representing different biogeographic estuaries in the United States that are protected for long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education, and coastal stewardship. Foci include natural resource management issues, such as non-point source pollution, habitat restoration, invasive species, and water quality monitoring.
Area(s) served: Virginia
USDA Regional Climate Hubs
Southeast Hub
Raleigh, NC
While the southeastern U.S. has only two percent of the world’s forest cover, these states produce 25 percent of the world’s pulpwood and 18 percent of the world’s industrial timber; over 55 percent by volume of the U.S. timber harvest comes from the Southeast. The region is also a leading producer of food crops-Georgia leads the nation in peanut production, harvesting over two billion pounds annually, while Florida produces 70 percent of the nation?s citrus crop. The Southeast is also the leading producer of U.S. cotton, tobacco, rice, fruits, vegetables, and broiler chickens. Farmers, ranchers, and foresters in the Southeast are already feeling the pressures of a changing climate and weather variability, leading to changes in day-to-day management decisions.
Area(s) served: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
DoI Climate Service Centers
Southeast Climate Science Center
Raleigh, NC
The Center provides provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and others interested in land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. Foci include climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, urban environments, and advanced information technology.
Area(s) served: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
DoI Landscape Conservation Corps
South Atlantic LCC
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The mission of the SALCC is to create a shared blueprint among federal, state, and private organizations for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources.
Area(s) served: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

US Climate Resilience Toolkit fact sheet (PDF)
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Meeting the challenges of a changing climate
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.
A climate-smart approach to taking action
In response to the President?s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order to help the nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts, U.S. federal government agencies, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality, gathered resources that can help people take action to build their climate resilience. The impacts of climate change?including higher temperatures, heavier downpours, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, and floods, and sea level rise?are affecting communities, businesses, and natural resources across the nation.
Now is the time to act. For some, taking a business-as-usual approach has become more risky than taking steps to build their climate resilience. People who recognize they are vulnerable to climate variability and change can work to reduce their vulnerabilities, and find win-win opportunities that simultaneously boost local economies, create new jobs, and improve the health of ecosystems. This is a climate-smart approach?investing in activities that build resilience and capacity while reducing risk.

What’s in the Toolkit? How can it help?

Using plain language, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit helps people face climate problems and find climate opportunities. The site offers:
Steps to Resilience?a five-step process you can follow to initiate, plan, and implement projects to become more resilient to climate-related hazards.
Taking Action stories?real-world case studies describing climate-related risks and opportunities that communities and businesses face, steps they?re taking to plan and respond, and tools and techniques they?re using to improve resilience.
A catalog of freely available Tools for accessing and analyzing climate data, generating visualizations, exploring climate projections, estimating hazards, and engaging stakeholders in resilience-building efforts.
Climate Explorer?a visualization tool that offers maps of climate stressors and impacts as well as interactive graphs showing daily observations and long-term averages from thousands of weather stations.
Topic narratives that explain how climate variability and change can impact particular regions of the country and sectors of society.
Pointers to free, federally developed training courses that can build skills for using climate tools and data.
Maps highlighting the locations of centers where federal and state agencies can provide regional climate information.
The ability to Search the entire federal government?s climate science domain and filter results according to your interests.

About the Toolkit’s development

Version 1.0 of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit was developed over a six-month period in 2014 by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations led by NOAA. The main goal for the initial release was to lay a firm foundation and inclusive framework that would allow the Toolkit to expand and grow over time, primarily in response to user needs and feedback.
The Toolkit’s initial focus is on helping the nation address challenges in the areas of Coastal Flood Risk and Food Resilience. Over the coming year, the site will expand to more fully address other topics, including Human Health, Ecosystem Vulnerability, Water Resources, Energy Supply and Infrastructure, Transportation and Supply Chain, and others.
Initial emphasis is on providing U.S. federal government information and decision support resources. Over the coming year, the site will also expand to include information and decision support resources from state and local governments, businesses, and academia and other non-governmental organizations.
In short, this is only the beginning, and there?s much more to come! Let us know what you think.

Staff and contributors

Executive Leadership Team
Peter Colohan (OSTP)
Rick Driggers (National Security Council)
Fabien Laurier (OSTP)
Paul Wagner (CEQ)
Michael Weiss (NOAA)
Michael Goodman (NASA)
with additional contributions from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Site Development
David Herring (NOAA/CPO), Program Manager
Jim Fox (NEMAC), Content Manager
John Keck (NOAA/NCEI), Product Manager
Ned Gardiner (NOAA/CPO), Content Strategist
Design and Web Development
Brian Ziffer, Site Designer
Dave Stroud (NOAA/CPC), Application Developer
Caroline Dougherty (NEMAC), Design/Web Developer
John Frimmel (NEMAC), Programmer/Web Developer
Mike Myers (NOAA/NCEI), Programmer/Web Developer
Systems Programming
Mark Phillips (NEMAC), Lead Programmer
Jeff Hicks (NEMAC), Programmer
Dave Stroud (NOAA/CPC), Interface Designer/Programmer
Editorial Team
Nina Flagler Hall (NEMAC), Managing Editor/Science Writer
LuAnn Dahlman (NOAA/CPO), Managing Editor/Science Writer
Ian Johnson (NEMAC), Editor/Science Writer
Rebecca Lindsey (NOAA/CPO), Science Writer
Emily Greenhalgh (NOAA/CPO), Science Writer
Caitlyn Kennedy (NOAA/CPO), Science Writer
Matt Hutchins (NEMAC), Science Writer
Video Production Team
Ned Gardiner (NOAA/CPO), Executive Director
Kurt Mann (American Green Media), Director/Camera/Editor
Alicia Albee, Producer
Bruce Sales (2Bruce Studio), Post Production
Brian Ziffer (System Soular) & Robert Klein (Klein Digital), Art Direction and Motion Graphics
Training Courses
Marina Timofeyeva (NOAA/NWS), Editor
Jenna Meyers (NOAA/NWS)
Nancy Cofer-Shabica (NOAA Office for Coastal Management)
IT System Engineering
Steve Ansari (NOAA/NCEI), IT Manager
Charlie Roberts (NOAA/NCEI), System Administrator
Mike Duncan (NOAA/NCEI), IT Security
Mike Urzen (NOAA/NCEI), Programmer
webLyzard Search System
Arno Scharl (webLyzard), Team Lead
Michael Föls (webLyzard), Drupal Search Module
Albert Weichselbraun (webLyzard), Knowledge Extraction
Max Göbel, Heinz-Peter Lang (VUEBA), Knowledge Extraction
Alexander Hubmann-Haidvogel, Alistair Jones (MU Vienna), Search API
Walter Rafelsberger (webLyzard), Visualization Services
Coastal Flood Risk Subject Expertise
Doug Marcy (NOAA Office for Coastal Management), Team Lead
Joshua Murphy (NOAA Office for Coastal Management), Co-Lead
Kathleen White (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
John Hall (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Hilary Stockdon (USGS)
Adam Stein (NOAA Office for Coastal Management)
Maria Honeycutt (NOAA Office for Coastal Management)
Jodie Sprayberry (NOAA Office for Coastal Management)
Ecosystem Vulnerability Subject Expertise
Olivia Ferriter (USDOI), Team Lead
Jonathan Smith (USGS), Co-Lead
Sarah Abdelrahim (USDOI), Content Coordinator
Energy Supply and Use
Craig Zamuda (DOE), Team Lead
Food Resilience Subject Expertise
Deb Peters (USDA), Team Lead
Ann Bartuska (USDA), Co-Lead
Tawny Mata (USDA), Editing/Science Writing
Human Health Subject Expertise
John Balbus (NIEHS), Team Lead
George Luber (CDC), Co-Lead
Andria Cimino (NIEHS), Editing/Science Writing
Transportation and Supply Chain
Art Rypinski (DOT), Team Lead
Brennan Conway (GSA), Co-Lead
Rob Hyman (FHA)
Water Resources Subject Expertise
Nancy Beller-Simms (NOAA), Team Lead
Emily K. Read (USGS)
Nate Booth (USGS)