[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 126 (Thursday, June 30, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38360-38361]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-16428]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Workshop--Monitoring Changes in Extreme Storm Statistics: State 
of Knowledge; Notice of Open Public Workshop

AGENCY: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service 
(NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of open public workshop.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and topics of an upcoming 
workshop hosted by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, 
North Carolina. Invited participants will discuss topics as outlined 
below.
    Members of the public are invited to attend the workshop, and are 
required to fulfill a request to RSVP to brooke.stewart@noaa.gov by 5 
p.m. EDT, Friday, July 14, 2011 if they wish to attend. The workshop is 
to be held in a federal facility; building-security restrictions 
preclude attendance by members of the public who do not RSVP by the 
deadline. Space is also limited and public attendees will be admitted 
based on the order in which RSVPs are received.
    The public will be invited to offer their comments during a 30-
minute period to be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011. 
Each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited 
to a total time of five minutes.

DATES: RSVP Deadline: Any member of the public wishing to attend the 
workshop must RSVP no later than 5 p.m. EDT on July 14, 2011.
    Workshop Date and Time: The workshop will be held on July 25-27, 
2011 at the following times: July 25, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 pm; 
July 26, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and July 27, 2011 from 8:15 
a.m. to 2 p.m.

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ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Veach-Baley Federal 
Complex, located at 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.
    For changes in the schedule, agenda, and updated information, 
please check the workshop website at https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/severe-storms-workshop/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brooke Stewart, National Climatic Data 
Center, 151 Patton Avenue, Rm. 563, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. 
(Phone: 828-257-3020, E-mail: brooke.stewart@noaa.gov.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This workshop will provide an update to the 
climate science surrounding extreme events. The intent is to make key 
input available to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) for 
consideration. Further information regarding the NCA is available at 
http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment). NOAA is sponsoring 
this workshop in support of the National Climate Assessment process.
    As workshop materials become available, they may be found at 
https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/severe-storms-workshop/.
    Topics To Be Addressed: This conference will address all aspects of 
trend monitoring for severe storms. Specific topics include: Severe 
Thunderstorms (and associated hail and winds), tornadoes, extreme 
precipitation, hurricanes (winds and rainfall) and typhoons, severe 
snowstorms and ice storms. The workshop will consider monitoring both 
physical measurements of these events as well as proxy information such 
as socio-economic impact.
    Participants will consider:
     what determinations can be made regarding the detection of 
trends;
     what determinations can be made regarding possible causes 
of any observed trends; and
     what degree of confidence is implied by the best available 
science regarding the detection and possible causes of trends
    The workshop will feature invited speakers and discussions. The 
workshop is designed to produce a draft detailed outline of an article 
for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
    The report from this workshop will also include the following:
    (1) Maintenance/updates of the data sets related to the events 
considered.
    (2) What are the key impediments in detecting changes in the 
events?
    (3) How can the impediments be overcome?

Mary E. Kicza,
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services.
[FR Doc. 2011-16428 Filed 6-29-11; 8:45 am]
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