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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Climate Change and Extreme Weather

12:00 pm, Mon April 14, 2014 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Climate Change and Extreme Weather: recent events and future forecasts”? on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Dr. Martin Hoerling from NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory and Barbara Mayes Boustead from the National Weather Service will discuss weather and climate change, recent weather events across the country, and how climate change is likely to affect future extreme weather.

The webinar and Q&A session will be held on April 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required — visit to sign up.

Severe weather has plagued all parts of the US, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade, from floods to droughts, from blizzards to heavy thunderstorms, and from freezing cold to extreme heat. The presenters will discuss what has been causing such events, what types of weather we should expect to see in the future, and resources that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.

Dr. Martin Hoerling is a research meteorologist, specializing in climate dynamics in NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory located in Boulder, Colorado. He recently served as Convening Lead Author for the Southwest U.S. Assessment Report, a contribution to the upcoming National Climate Assessment, and was Lead Author for the US Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report on “Attribution of the Causes of Climate Variations and Trends over North America”? (2009). His research interests include climate variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, focusing on air-sea interactions such as related to El Ni±o, and the role of oceans in climate variation and climate change, and understanding the physics of extreme weather/climate events. He received his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1987. 

Barbara Mayes Boustead is a forecast meteorologist and climate program manager at the National Weather Service office in Omaha/Valley, Nebraska. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Central Michigan University in 2000, with majors in meteorology, geography, and English, and minors in mathematics and history. She earned a Master of Science degree in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Natural Resources with a specialization in Climate Assessment and Impacts. Her research interests include topics such as climate (including climate variability, change, extremes, applications, and impacts), historical weather and climate events, severe and extreme weather, and improving communication of weather and climate concepts.  

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at


Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975,

ARTICLE TITLE: Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Climate Change and Extreme Weather PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Mon April 14, 2014 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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