06/06/17

Connecting Farmers to Real-Time Weather

Longer growing seasons. More frequent and intense severe weather. Wetter summers. Longer droughts. False springs and milder winters. Who tracks what, and how do we get the information to the people who need it the most?

The new State Climate Office of Ohio (SCOO), a team of researchers, educators, climatologists and meteorologists with more than 25 years of experience and expertise from Ohio State’s Department of Geography and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC), now serves as the steward of climate data and education, research and outreach for the people of Ohio.

“Having access to accurate climate information is critical for farmers, regional planners, policy makers and all sectors of Ohio’s economy,” said Bryan Mark, professor of geography and Ohio’s new state climatologist. “It directly impacts quality of life, health, food and water security.”

In 2016, Mark started as Ohio’s state climatologist and immediately began assembling a team of weather and climate experts to help broaden his mission to connect Ohioans with transformative climate information. Though historically the state climatologist has been a volunteer position held by a member of the geography faculty, growing concerns about climate impact underscored the need for a more comprehensive effort to gather, prepare and disseminate information and engage the public in education and training.

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