Webinar: Using Climate Data in the Real World

Please join the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions for a free webinar

Using Climate Data in the Real World

Sept. 27, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

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The recent landfalls of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the potential threat to the U.S. mainland from Hurricane Maria, demonstrate the importance of climate data for companies concerned with resilience planning. Join us Sept. 27 for a free webinar on real-world use of climate data. We’ll explore what data to use, where to find it, downscaling climate models, and a practical example from the energy sector.


Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA

Ellen Mecray is the NOAA Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, based in Taunton, Mass. Ms. Mecray helps bring NOAA’s climate information to other federal agencies as well as regional, state, and local geographies and specific sectors of importance to the eastern region. She currently works with the transportation, coastal, public health, marine fisheries, and energy sectors. Ms. Mecray is currently serving as the Federal Convening Lead Author for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter and an author on the Energy national chapter. Her work is published in a number of research journals. Mecray holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Colgate University and a master’s degree in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Thomas Wall, Infrastructure and Preparedness Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Thomas Wall leads Argonne’s Climate Impact Data and Decision Support effort, which aims to leverage Argonne’s deep capabilities in climate science and modeling, advanced computing, infrastructure risk analysis, and decision science to provide actionable climate impact information to the engineering and planning communities, to industry, and to state and local governments. Dr. Wall also has extensive experience in the area of critical infrastructure analysis and protection. He earned an honors BS in civil engineering at Oregon State University, and an MS and Ph.D in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where his research focused on climate resilience, adaptation, and infrastructure management for transportation systems.

Dr. Yan Feng, Atmospheric and Climate Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Yan Feng is an Atmospheric and Climate scientist in the Environmental Science Division at the Argonne National Laboratory, and a fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Her research work includes improving the accuracy of climate change predictions by global and regional climate models. Dr. Feng is also interested in modeling global life cycle of atmospheric particles such as dust, soot, and sulfate and their impact on climate and environment. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers including Nature Geoscience, PNAS, and contributed to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 3rd Assessment Report by the Working Group I. Dr. Feng obtained her Ph.D. in atmospheric science (2005) and M.S. in computer science and engineering (2002) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Brian D’Agostino, Meteorology Program Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric


Brian D’Agostino is the Meteorology Program Manager in Emergency Management for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). As program manager, Mr. D’Agostino provides operations support for the delivery of safe and reliable energy. D’Agostino oversaw the design and construction of SDG&E’s weather network, one of the United States most sophisticated and extensive weather networks. Mr. D’Agostino currently serves as an advisor and former chair of the American Meteorological Society’s National Energy Committee and works closely within the meteorological community coordinating research projects specializing in fire science, solar forecasting, climate adaptation and emergency management. He is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology.

Ashley Lawson, Senior Solutions Fellow, Policy and Resilience, C2ES

Ashley Lawson is Senior Solutions Fellow for Policy and Resilience at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She evaluates climate policies and provides expert advice to policymakers, especially on market-based approaches to mitigating climate change. She also works on climate resilience efforts by businesses, cities, and states. Ms. Lawson was previously part of the Point Carbon analyst team at Thomson Reuters, where she developed and maintained forecasting models for North American carbon markets and contributed to the team’s domestic and international research publications. Ms. Lawson holds a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Carolina.





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