UM Hosts Federal Partners for Climate Workshop

September 06, 2017

MISSOULA – The Montana Climate Office and the National Weather Service offices in Montana are hosting for a climate minisummit Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7, at the University of Montana.

The event is for various federal agencies that provide climate information and services for Montana. While the minisummit is by invitation only, the Montana Climate Office invites members of the public to visit http://climate.umt.edu/summit/default.php for updates and outcomes.

Montana sits at the nexus of two of America’s great river basins – the Columbia and the Missouri – which often results in services being split between these two geographic regions. The group will discuss how they can collaborate on the state’s quarterly climate outlook, regional climate assessments, interagency coordination and share data gathering, among other topics.

“We want to bring together all these important federal climate service providers to discuss how we can all work together to give Montanans the best and most reliable climate information they can get,” said Kelsey Jencso, state climatologist. “We’re excited to host all these partners here in Missoula.”  

Federal agency participants include the National Weather Service offices, the National Drought Mitigation Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Integrated Drought Information System, Missouri River Basin Forecast Center, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, Northwest Climate Science Center, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and many others. State and tribal representatives will provide a local perspective on the need for climate information and services.

The Montana Climate Office, part of the Montana Forest & Conservation Experiment Station at UM, provides Montanans with high quality, timely, relevant and scientifically based climate information and services. It has worked with more than 130 statewide partners in the past three years.

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Contact: Michael Sweet, research and information systems specialist, Montana Climate Office, Montana Forest & Conservation Experiment Station at UM, 406-243-5265, michael.sweet@umontana.edu.