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Data to Decisions: Putting NOAA Data to Work 
Virtual workshop  August 17-21, 2020

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Thursday, August 20 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
5B: Maximizing the value of NOAA data through user engagement - Part 1

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Link to Recording: link to video file on Google Drive
Slides: presentations folder on Google Drive

Co-Chairs: Chris Lauer, Michael Brewer, Meka Laster

The value of NOAA data is realized when it is used by people to make decisions. Knowing what data exists within NOAA, who are the data users, and what decisions are made based on the data can help us to better understand what roles NOAA data play in the decision making process. It also helps to maximize the value of NOAA's data by ensuring that the data are provided in the right format and to the right people. Lessons learned by engaging users should play a role in guiding R&D efforts to improve our data products. This session will highlight NOAA's efforts to better understand and engage the users of the data and information that NOAA produces. It will also present the benefits and outcomes that these users derive from the use of NOAA data and information.

Poster: In Real Life: How Social Media Propelled One Study (link to poster)
Jennifer Fulford, Greg Hammer, Ge Peng, Tom Maycock, Mark Essig, Andrea Andersen, Trinity Foreman

Poster: Adding Relatability to Science Communications  (link to poster)
Trinity Foreman, Greg Hammer, Jennifer Fulford, Andrea Andersen

Presentations (abstracts in this Google Doc):
  1. Introduction to the Session 
    Chris Lauer, Michael Brewer, Meka Laster
  2. The Value of NOAA Environmental Data 
    Mike Brewer, Tamara Houston, Annette Hollingshead, Jenny Dissen
  3. The value and use of Climate Monitoring Information in the larger economy 
    Deke Arndt, Karin L. Gleason
  4. Advancing Indicator Science Through Agency Engagement 
    Laura Stevens, Deke Arndt
  5. Title: BlueTech Economy Research and Applications of Coastal and Ocean Unmanned systems Data Assembly (BERACOUDA) 
    Sharon Mesick, Shannon Campbell, Henry Jones, Philip Hoffman
  6. Engaging and understanding novel users at NOAA CoastWatch 
    Michael Soracco, Veronica Lance


Michael Brewer

Customer Engagement Branch Chief, NESDIS/NCEI

Meka Laster

Program and Policy Analyst, NOAA OAR Office of Science Support
Please take a look at the NOAA Research and Development Database (NRDD): https://researchprojects.noaa.gov/NRDD-Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

Chris Lauer

Economist, Office of Chief Economist

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Sharon Mesick

Director, Southern Regional Climate Service, NESDIS
NCEI’s Regional Climate Services Directors (RCSDs) regularly engage with stakeholders about climate information needs, and help build and strengthen active partner networks with public and private constituents. They help to connect and integrate NOAA’s work with partner organizations... Read More →
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Michael Soracco

Systems Analyst, RIVA for NOAA CoastWatch

Thursday August 20, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT