The Nebraska State Climate Office and Nebraska Extension will deliver a fourth national climate assessment during a summit scheduled for March 21.
“Climate change is affecting us now, and ultimately, it is a local issue,” said Martha Shulski, director of the state climate office based at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources. “Our role as climate professionals is to translate the regional- and national-scale reports to a relevant scale for determining meaningful actions.”
The one-day information session on climate and climate change will be led by Shulski; Tyler Williams, Nebraska Extension climatologist; and partners across the university and state. Registration is available online.
Highlights of the summit include a panel discussion; climate projections and impacts; future of climate and expected affects for Nebraskans; weather and climate monitoring; climate scenario planning by Nebraska Extension; agricultural impacts; climate and health; and details on how climate change will affect municipalities.
“The (summit) is a jumping off point,” Shulski said. “Now, it’s up to climatologists with the NSCO, High Plains Regional Climate Center, National Drought Mitigation Center and Nebraska Extension to start a dialogue — or continue one — with stakeholders as we dive deeper to address these issues.”
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Registration will be capped at 350 due to space limitations.