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The Application of NOAA National Centers of Environmental Information Data and Information of the Legal Community

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: June 06, 2018
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  • NCEI Overview
  • Legal Community Applications
  • NCEI Products
  • Monitoring and Assessment
  • Value of Data
  • How to Obtain Data
  • Innovation Partnership
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: June 6, 2018


The National Centers for Environmental information (NCEI) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is the world’s largest repository and archive of environmental data and information. This program will examine a range of topics, including general NOAA and NCEI introduction and knowledge, resources NCEI has in place to address decisions and problems, and use cases specific to the legal community.

NCEI maintains climate, weather, ocean, coastal, and geophysical data, literally from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun from millions of years past to as recent as five minutes ago. As an internationally trusted authority for weather and climate data, NCEI serves all sectors of the U.S. economy. NCEI scientists are recognized experts that lead and contribute to assessments of the climate in the form of the National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

Over the course of many years, NCEI has cultivated engagement with the legal community. At present, law offices are the most frequent sector that interacts with NCEI customer service. On average, each day, NCEI responds to 30 data and information requests from the legal community. NOAA and NCEI have also taken the extra step to provide certification of data, designed to meet the requirements of, and be admissible in, courts across the U.S. NCEI also works with certified consulting meteorologists who work on behalf of law offices to obtain appropriate documentation for an issue, and serve as the subject matter expert.

Known uses of NCEI data by the legal community include both prosecution and defense. Cases have varied from slip-and-fall and automobile cases to federal prosecution for environmental offenses. Recently, NCEI has interacted with financial investment companies and infrastructure companies, both looking to comply with federal law and company direction to incorporate climate change information and risk mitigation strategies into portfolio management.

This program was recorded on June 6th, 2018.

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American Bar Association
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Dr. Michael J. Brewer

Climate Customer Engagement Branch Chief
American Meteorological Society

Michael Brewer NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Center for Weather and Climate Customer Engagement Branch Chief Dr. Michael Brewer is the Chief of the Customer Engagement Branch at the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Center for Weather and Climate in Asheville, North Carolina (formerly the National Climatic Data Center).He also manages the US Drought Portal and the Global Drought Information System. He and his team work closely with customers to ensure they have access to the climate data they need to make informed decisions. He participates in climate – and water-related activities for US and International Climate Assessments and for the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Mike has a PhD in Climatology from the University of Delaware.

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Jenny Dissen

Corporate Relations & Partnerships Lead
North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies

Ms. Dissen is the Corporate Relations and Partnerships lead at NCICS, where she facilitates collaborations and partnerships with private-sector industry partners, government, academia, scientists, and others to understand climate information needs and applications on the adaptation timescale, as well as catalyze innovative solutions for adaptation planning. She supports the Division Chief of Climate Information Services at NOAA’s NCEI in various activities in their regional climate services program.

Prior to joining NCICS, Ms. Dissen worked in management consulting at Accenture, where she was an experienced manager in their North American Utilities Practice specializing in utility operations and deployment of large-scale business transformation initiatives through process improvement and technology enablement. In 2008, she supported the development of a new practice in Climate Change and Sustainability at Accenture, where she developed a new project offering in Sustainability Solutions for clients.

To further her interests in designing climate change and sustainability solutions, Ms. Dissen then worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation in their Clinton Climate Initiative in Southeast Asia. She was responsible for developing strategies and technical projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in various waste management areas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Ms. Dissen is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned her Masters in Civil Engineering - Environmental Systems Analysis, and Bachelors in Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Business Management. In 2014, she earned a certificate in Climate Change and Society from the MLA program at UNC Asheville.

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