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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

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

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

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

Presentation Slides (pdf)

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.


Telling the Performance Story: Logic Models, Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Samantha Schasberger currently serves as a Program Analyst for the Economic Development Administration.

Abstract: The Economic Development Administration (EDA) will discuss how it is revamping performance measurement and evaluations. As EDA tackles integrating performance measurement and evaluation into program management, it is building upon a new foundation: a logic model. This presentation will highlight EDA's new logic model, explaining how logic models provide an essential context to make data meaningful. The presentation will also discuss the development of new indicators and the process EDA envisions as it improves its ability to tell its performance story.

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

Remote access via webinar will be available. Please PRE-REGISTER for this webinar: 1. Go to https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=290366012&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 2. Register for the meeting. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=290366012&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D .


Citizen Science Seminar

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

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


Continuous Multidisciplinary Observations in the Southern California Current Elucidate Events in Climate, the Ecosystem, and Fisheries

Date: Thursdsay, November 13, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Dr. Uwe Send, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dr. David Demer, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Abstract: TBD

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.


November 21, 2014

Reserved


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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