James W. Jones
Eric P. Chassignet
Across the country, and around the world, building resilient, sustainable human and ecological communities depends on how well systems can adjust to present and future climate variability and change. In response, the federal government is working to improve its ability to provide relevant, well coordinated decision support as people, places, and ecosystems cope with a changing climate. This task has garnered high-level attention and commitment across federal agencies. However, it will require strong, effective partnerships with state, local, and tribal governments and the university community to be successful. NOAA is an agency deeply involved in orienting its climate services and stewardship responsibilities to meet societal challenges. The academic community plays a critical role in this process from identification and assessment of climate impacts, to the creation of knowledge and application networks, and, of course, in the identification of critical science gaps. NOAA's national and international activities will depend on advancing robust partnerships with the academic community.
As Director of NOAA's Climate Program Office and leader of NOAA's climate mission, Dr. Koblinsky leads the formulation of NOAA's future climate activities and the execution of NOAA's climate competitive research programs. As the transition Deputy Director for Climate Services, Dr. Koblinsky manages various aspects of the planning for a new organization in NOAA focused on climate science and services. Dr. Koblinsky joined NOAA in 2003 after a 25-year career as a research oceanographer and science manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has published numerous scientific papers, primarily on ocean circulation and monitoring, and led the development of research satellite missions including Aquarius, which will be launched in 2011. He is a recipient of the Presidential Rank award for federal senior executives and NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.