How to get away with hosting a session at a national conference you’ve never been to.

First timers can host awesome sessions too! Find the right people to present, and the rest is magic. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting is a bustling crowd of environmental researchers from around the globe. This year, we convened in Washington. D.C. and celebrated the centennial of the organization. According to AGU online, the …

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Climate Change 101: Gridded Datasets of Upper Atmospheric Measurements

Gridded datasets take point measurements of climate variables and then combines them in one of the following ways: Averaging climate values or anomolies of the stations located within a grid's cell Interpolation of climate or anomolies, which is based on the distance between the stations the values are collected from Interpolation that not only is …

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Climate Change 101: The Climate System’s Dynamic Relationship

If you're new to climate systems, meteorology, or biophysical science in general, take a look here to get some good background knowledge: http://www.physicalgeography.net The major components in the climate system is an interlocking relationship between the following: Atmosphere Hydrophere (oceans, lakes, rivers) Cryosphere (snow and ice) Lithosphere (land surface and "deep" Earth) Marine and terrestrial …

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Climate Change 101: Dataset Reanalysis

Reanalysis mathematically blends together all the products from multiple observing systems and then assimilates them. This process includes algorithms for quality control of the raw satellite data, as well as space and time interpolation schemes and a global operational forecasting model. The assimilation system then removes artificial trends introduced by the updates. Afterall, more is …

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Climate Change 101: Instrumentation

If the first discussion on climate services and their inhomogeneities didn't scare you enough, let me just throw this out there: The U.S. measures surface observations at 1.5 meters above the ground while the rest of the world measures at 2 meters above. **USA! USA!  O.k., o.k., but let's talk about specifics. You've also hopefully …

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Climate Change 101: U.S. Observation Networks

There are two primary networks for surface observations in the United States. The Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) Established in 1890, the COOP is the largest and oldest official network in the U.S. with 11,000 volunteers recording and submitting observations across the country. Instruments are provided by the National Weather Service. Records include max/min temperature, liquid …

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