NOAA Water Resources for Planners
You'll learn about:
The goals and objectives of the NOAA Water Initiative, and how it can be leveraged to provide more effective information to plan for extreme water events
Identifying data, models, tools, and methods from NOAA and its partners that can be employed to plan for water-related issues
The critical role that partnerships play in the implementation of these water-related information resources within communities
Whether too much, too little, or of poor quality, water presents a severe risk to our health, safety, environment, and economic security. These issues are a priority for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners as we launch a comprehensive new effort to supply the data, tools, and information services necessary to address the water-related challenges our communities are facing. This session will provide an in-depth look into new information resources that will enhance the ability to address water-related issues though community planning. The NOAA Water Model brings an enhanced network of water level gauges to bear, providing timely information to drive water forecasts at a neighborhood scale. The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) provides the best available science, information and tools to assess the potential impacts of drought. The Digital Coast is a partnership and user-driven enabling platform that includes information resources for examining coastal inundation risk. Recognizing that the provision of information alone is often not enough to facilitate the development of on-the-ground actions, this session will also explore creative partnerships that are helping communities apply information to support local decision making.
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerClaudia Nierenberg is a Program Advisor with National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). Claudia has worked for the past twenty years in global change research, focusing on the development of research and related activities to support climate risk management. In recent years, her focus has been on adaptation, collaborative research networks, and federal coordination in adaptation science. Ms. Nierenberg has served on numerous interagency committees and currently serves on the steering committee for the National Drought Resilience Partnership. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
, NOAA Coastal Services Center
Confirmed SpeakerNicholas (Miki) Schmidt is chief of the Science and Geospatial Division for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Previously, Schmidt served as division chief for NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. After serving as a manager of the Center's GIS program for four years, Schmidt became deputy chief of the Coastal Geospatial Services division, which leads the Center's GIS and remote sensing activities. In 2004, he was named division chief. Schmidt originally joined NOAA in 1996. An expert in applying geospatial technologies, Schmidt has had a long career with the federal government. From 1988 to 1991, he served as a civilian remote sensing scientist for the U.S. Army's Strategic Defense Command. He then joined NASA's commercial remote sensing program, working with private industry to develop new remote sensing products and services. Schmidt holds a master's degree in geography and a bachelor's degree in marine science, both from the University of South Carolina.
, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerAs Program Director for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Program Office’s, Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), Nancy administers an interdisciplinary grants program that supports applications research on how climate information can be better incorporated into decision making within key socio-economic sectors. Currently the program is focusing on the water resource management and urban planning sectors as well as concentrating efforts on coping with extreme events such as droughts and floods. She also co-leads an initiative with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) on Coping with Drought. Nancy works with SARP and NIDIS-funded investigators to use and transfer newly developed knowledge, tools and methodologies to decision makers, policy makers and climate scientists. Finally, Nancy is co-lead of the Water AND Built Environment theme teams of the Federal Government’s Climate Data and Tools (CDAT) Interagency Working Group, heading the Climate Resilience Toolkit effort for that sector. Nancy has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Geography with a focus on natural hazard response and adaptation. She also has past experience as a researcher for a local planning commission.
, East Brunswick
Confirmed SpeakerBill Cesanek, AICP is a Vice President for urban and infrastructure planning at CDM Smith, a global environmental and infrastructure consultancy. With more than 30 years of experience fostering interdisciplinary approaches to urban, regional, and infrastructure planning, his work includes sustainability planning, watershed and water resource management, environmental impact study, smart growth planning, disaster resilience analysis, and information technology. He has worked closely with major cities throughout the U.S.; currently supporting the City of Philadelphia's "Clean City Green Waters" program. Bill has Bachelor and Master of City and Regional Planning degrees from Rutgers University, where he also teaches sustainable infrastructure planning in its Graduate School of Urban Planning & Policy. Bill is Chair of APA's Water Working Group, helping to identify improved practice, policy, and tools at the intersection of water and planning.