[Eoas-seminar] MET Seminar Series, Thursday November 12 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Catherine Pomposi (USAID)

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Dear all,

Please join us for our next Meteorology seminar on Thursday November 12 at 3:30 PM, to be given by Dr. Catherine Pomposi (USAID)<https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-pomposi-phd-59565023/>. Dr. Pomposi will share her recent work on understanding recent precipitation variability from both a climate science and public policy perspective, based on her unique experiences in academic research, as a legislative fellow in the Senate office of Kamala Harris, and in her current position as a development research policy and program specialist at USAID.

Understanding recent precipitation variability: from a scientific to a policy and development lens

“Science policy” is a buzz phrase without a common definition, and it is often hard to pinpoint where science has been infused in the policy-making process. It can also be difficult to determine how one can effectively engage in the policy realm as a scientist. In this talk, I hope to demystify some of these challenges, drawing from recent experiences. First, I will present a high level overview of a recent study seeking to untangle the precipitation signal in the West African Sahel during recent El Niño years. Prior research has shown that dry conditions tend to persist in the Sahel when El Niño develops. Yet, during the historic 2015 El Niño, Sahel summer precipitation was anomalously high, particularly in the second half of the season. This seeming inconsistency motivates a reexamination of the variability of precipitation during recent El Niño years. Results show that nuance exists in the precipitation signal and must be effectively communicated for societal relevance of the research. Additionally, I will highlight how lessons learned as a researcher during this study provided a strong foundation for a transition to science policy work, including with a legislative and development lens.

Zoom Link: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/94352158844?pwd=ckd5RnRUcldwaSthMnRrTlJsb3NDdz09

Meeting ID: 943 5215 8844
Passcode: 451232
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Please join us starting from 3 PM to “meet the speaker” and have informal discussion prior to the start of the seminar.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: There will be a student Q&A with the speaker to be held immediately following the seminar - so students, please join and stay after the seminar for your chance to talk with Dr. Pomposi about work/life/career topics. Graduate student Jake Carstens will moderate the student Q&A.

The seminar will be recorded if you are unable to attend live, but we hope to see many of you there! All in EOAS are welcome to attend.


Allison, Zhaohua, & Philip

Future MET Seminars:
November 19: Prof. Eric Winsberg<https://www.winsberg.net/> (University of South Florida): "Why study solar radiation management? A case study in the cost of acquiring new evidence”
December 3: Dr. Ryan Truchelut<https://weathertiger.com/> (WeatherTiger): "From the "Weather Guy" to WeatherTiger: Explorations in Scientific Entrepreneurship”

Allison Wing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
Florida State University
awing at fsu.edu<mailto:awing at fsu.edu>

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