COMPUTERS OF YORE: Technology has advanced over the decades since the federal government started collecting and storing the world’s climate data. Before moving to the Federal Building, data was stored in the Grove Arcade. Here, National Climatic Data Center staff members Dale Lipe and Ray Ertzberger use the Film Optical Sensing Device for Input to Computers in the ‘60s. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Local climate science industry primed for takeoff

“There’s this treasure trove of information just sitting there that’s never really been very well mined, because in the past it’s been so complex to run computations against it,” explains Stephen Del Greco, chief of the Data Access Division at the National Centers for Environmental Information. A component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […]

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NOAA announces new National Climate Service, taps Asheville’­s Karl to lead

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday announced a plan to create a new Climate Service to meet an ever-increasing demand for information about climate change, and officials tapped Thomas R. Karl, the director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, to work as “transitional director” of the new Climate Service.

New climate institute ramps up in Asheville

A newly established climate research partnership partially based in Asheville will begin working on projects this fall with an urgent focus: developing accurate, long-range climate-change forecasts. The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, announced May 27, will work as a nationwide collaboration of researchers and institutions. The institute will have a working site in Asheville […]