NOAA to announce key findings from the State of the Climate in 2012 report

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On Tuesday, U.S. and United Kingdom scientists will announce key findings from a peer-reviewed State of the Climate study that examines temperature, precipitation and extreme events experienced around the world in 2012. The study will be published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The State of the Climate in 2012 report, compiled by 384 scientists from 52 countries around the world, provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice and sky.


Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 


Opening remarks will be provided by Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator (acting), followed by editors and contributors from the study. 

  • Thomas Karl, L.H.D., director, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research

  • Jessica Blunden, Ph.D., climatologist and lead editor, Contractor with ERT, Inc, at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

  • Kate Willett, Ph.D., climate scientist, United Kingdom MetOffice

  • Jackie Richter-Menge, research civil engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Conference call (slides will accompany call, see below)

  • Presentations
  • Questions and Answers


1. Dial into the conference call: 

  • 1-800-593-9979 (U.S./Canada toll-free)
  • 1-212-287-1840 (International toll)

2. View slides at: (available just before the teleconference begins)

Note: a separate paper entitled "Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective" will be published as a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society in early September.  A separate media call will be held on the findings of that paper.



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Posted: August 1, 2013