[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62777-62778]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26230]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Forum--Trends and Causes of Observed Changes in Heat Waves, Cold 
Waves, Floods and Drought

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

ACTION: Notice of open public forum.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and topics of an upcoming 
forum hosted by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, 
North Carolina on November 8-10, 2011. Invited participants will 
discuss topics as outlined below.

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    Members of the public are invited to attend the forum, and are 
required to RSVP to Brooke.Stewart@noaa.gov by 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, 
October 25, 2011 if they wish to attend. The forum 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.
    Members of 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 Tuesday, 
November 8, 2011. Each individual or group making a verbal presentation 
will be limited to a total time of five minutes. Please indicate your 
intention to participate in the public comment period when submitting 
the RSVP. Time for public comments will be allotted based on the order 
in which RSVPs are received. Written comments may be submitted via 
email or in hardcopy and must be received by October 25, 2011. Please 
see addresses below.

DATES: Forum Date and Time: The forum will be held on November 8-10, 
2011 at the following times: November 8, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
EST; November 9, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST; and November 10, 
2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST.
    RSVP Deadline: Any member of the public wishing to attend the forum 
must RSVP no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
    Deadline for Written Comments: Written comments must be received by 
October 25, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The forum will be held at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex, 
located at 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.
    Written comments may be submitted to Brooke.Stewart@noaa.gov or in 
hard copy to Brooke Stewart, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 563, Asheville, 
North Carolina 28801.
    For changes in the schedule, agenda, and updated information, 
please check the forum website at https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/heatwaves-coldwaves-floods-drought/.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This forum 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 forum in support of the National Climate Assessment process.
    As materials for this forum become available, they may be found at 
https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/heatwaves-coldwaves-floods-drought/
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Topics To Be Addressed

    This forum will address observed changes and their causes with 
regard to specific types of extreme weather and climate events, 
including heat waves, cold waves, floods, and drought.

Participants Will Consider

     Observed changes and degree of confidence in those changes 
for heat waves, cold waves, floods, and drought
     Current state of mechanistic understanding of the above-
mentioned extreme events
     Potential causes of observed changes in extreme events
    The forum will feature invited speakers and discussions. The forum 
is designed to produce a detailed draft outline of an article for 
submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Mary E. Kicza.
Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services.
[FR Doc. 2011-26230 Filed 10-7-11; 8:45 am]
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