NOAA Supporting Resiliency


Monday, April 4, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. CDT

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As communities and businesses around the United States face increasing risks and vulnerability to natural disasters and long-term environmental changes, there is an increasing demand for information, data, products, and services to address these challenges. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator, will outline how the nation’s environmental intelligence agency is meeting these needs to build resilient communities and businesses.

Every day, NOAA helps individuals, businesses, and governments make smart decisions that directly impact the future of society, the economy, and the environment. From investing in state-of-the-art observational infrastructure to evolving the U.S. Weather Service to meet the growing needs for more accurate and timely weather and climate information, Dr. Sullivan will describe the agency’s efforts to improve its capacity to predict, respond to, and recuperate from high-impact weather and hydrologic events. Dr. Sullivan will also outline NOAA’s new Integrated Water Initiative, a five-year vision to initiate a number of new products and services to strengthen the nation’s water security, reduce water vulnerability, and enable greater efficiency and effectiveness in how we manage and utilize water resources.

NOAA and APA have a long history of collaboration focused on helping communities cope with drought and floods, improve water quality, and reduce coastal inundation among other threats. Learn more about the work underway and how NOAA is working to build living and thriving communities.

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James Schwab, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jim Schwab earned MAs in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. From 1985-1990, he was assistant editor of Planning, then moved to the APA Research Department as senior research associate. From 2007-2017, he served as manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center. Since leaving APA as of ... Read More

Kathryn Sullivan

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan is Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s Chief Scientist in 1993. At NOAA her work has spanned weather and water services, climate science, integrated mapping, and more. Her impressive expertise reaches the frontiers of ... Read More