Coffee Hour: Counting the Cards in Nature’s Casino ...

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments are offered at 3:30 p.m. in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building

Counting the Cards in Nature’s Casino: The Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk (CSWCR) 


About the talk

This seminar will discuss Penn State’s new Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk (CSWCR).   CSWCR’s vision is to create the knowledge, training and solutions to enable the optimal outcome for every decision where weather and climate matter. 


CSWR’s Mission is to leverage and integrate the capabilities of the University, in particular those found in the Department of Meteorology and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, e-Education and Communications, along with external partners, to advance the science of exploiting environmental opportunities and understanding environmental impacts to manage risk.  CSWCR will achieve this mission by focusing its efforts in four areas:

·      User-inspired research;

·      Communications;

·      Education; and  

·      Services


The CSWR will create innovative solutions by developing techniques to better combine and optimize all the diverse information available in today's environmental forecasts with an understanding of specific business objectives, thresholds and constraints.   Equally important is the Center’s focus on effective communication, training, and resident and on-line education for both providers and users.  When effectively combined, the research, communications, education and training, will provide new tools and techniques to enhance the success of both users and providers of weather and climate information.


In summary, the goal is to "count the cards in Nature's Casino".   I will talk about future opportunities for growth and collaboration to exploit the weather in which we live, and best plan for a changing climate.


About the speaker

David TitleyDavid Titley is a senior scientist in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.  He is also the founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. Titley served as a naval officer for thirty-two years, rising to the rank of rear admiral; his career included duties as oceanographer and navigator of the navy.  In 2009, he initiated and led the US Navy Task Force on Climate Change. Titley holds a bachelor of science in meteorology from Penn State.  From the Naval Postgraduate School, he earned an M.S. in meteorology and physical oceanography and a Ph.D. in meteorology.  He was elected a fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009.







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