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General Information

All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1 p.m. in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

For remote access via webinar (unless specified otherwise below), please fill out the registration form a few minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the Passcode is brownbag. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307. The participant passcode is 8986360.

Contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch (301-713-2600 ext. 140) or Albert (Skip) Theberge (301-713-2600 ext. 118) for further information or to set up a Brown Bag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, when available, can be found on the Archive Brown Bags page.

 

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Upcoming Seminars

The Coast and Geodetic Survey's Finest Hour

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker:Albert Theberge, NOAA Central Library

Abstract:The Second World War marked the finest hour of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS). Following in the wake of the World War I law that established a commissioned service in the C&GS, over half of the officer contingent as well as 1100 civilians from the Survey served in the armed forces of the United States. Three major ships of the Survey were transferred into the Navy and served from the Aleutians to Guadalcanal. Coast Surveyors served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps in all major theaters of war as artillery surveyors, hydrographers, intelligence officers, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and navigators. They were at El Guettar, Sicily, Anzio, Monte Cassino, the Falaise Gap, the Bulge, and marched through Germany. In the Pacific, they served from Guadalcanal through New Guinea, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and on to Tokyo Bay. On the homefront, Coast Surveyors produced nearly 100 million maps and charts for Allied operations. For good measure, they also designed a world aeronautical chart system that was adopted by the International Civil Aeronautical Organization following the war. Join the Coast Survey as it helps put "iron on target", map uncharted reefs and islands of the Pacific, and help bring the world into a new era following the war.

Note: This seminar is part of the NOAA History Roundtable Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Evaluation of Conflict Interventions: Challenges and Solutions

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Bruce Hemmer, Research Analyst, U.S. Department of State

Abstract: Conducting evaluations in conflict environments presents challenges that are in some ways similar to those facing NOAA when evaluating responses to weather and water emergencies. Determining the effectiveness of conflict interventions can be confounded by complex, dynamic and often dangerous conditions on the ground, limiting the ability to collect data with with which to conduct a meaningful evaluation. These challenges can be met in several ways: preparing staff and institutions for the conditions they will encounter, employing remote or passive techniques of collecting data as needed, establishing robust baselines, conducting real-time or interim evaluation, process-tracing and building local evaluation capacity.

This seminar is sponsored by the NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Subcommittee

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


OER Maug Expedition Seminar

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is sponsored by the Office of Ocean Exploration.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Does the driest part of the Sahara Desert have a rainy season?

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Owen Kelly, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard and George Mason University

Abstract: Within the Sahara Desert, there is a large region that receives less than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) of rain a year on average, which makes this region one of the driest on Earth. Among the challenges to studying the climate of this region is that, in an area almost as large as the southeast United States, there are only four rain-gauge stations and no weather radars. Understandably, there has been a lack of consensus about the existence of any seasonal rainfall patterns here. This talk will present evidence for multiple rainy seasons in this extremely dry part of the Sahara Desert using 15-years of observations by the TRMM satellite, which was built by NASA and by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In particular, the TRMM satellite's precipitation radar and lightning sensor are used in this study. To validate seasonal patterns observed with TRMM, various African rain-gauge datasets were obtained from the NCDC, WMO, UCAR, and NOAA Central Library. Climate forecast models disagree about even the sign of the expected change in Saharan rainfall over the next century. Conceivably, improved documentation of current climate may facilitate an increase in consensus among climate forecasts.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

This seminar is sponsored by the NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Work Group

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


 

Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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