Topic: Is This Global Warming?
Are individual extreme events - such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and severe storms - linked to global warming? Techniques developed over the past decade allow scientists to answer this question. Those advances reveal that global warming can influence the risk of extreme events that are unprecedented in historical experience, particularly by altering the probability of the physical conditions that are responsible for the event.
Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor of Earth System Science and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University
Noah Diffenbaugh is a Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including impacts on agriculture, water resources, and human health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Research Letters. He has served as an IPCC Lead Author, and has provided scientific expertise to the White House, the Governor of California, and U.S. Congressional offices. Recognitions include the Holton Award from the American Geophysical Union and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
Network Weather Producers Panel
Topic 1: Climate Change Coverage – Beyond science and politics, progressive and conservative opinions, how do national weather leaders decide what is aired?
Topic 2: Major Hurricane Coverage – The Good, The Bad and “Next Time” aspects. All the efforts, planning, staffing, capital and time that were dedicated, as well as the how and why.
Paul Goodloe, On-Camera Meteorologist, and Co-Host, "Weekend Recharge"
Paul Goodloe co-hosts "Weekend Recharge" weekend mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on The Weather Channel. Goodloe joined the network in 1999 after several years as on-camera weathercaster at KSDK-TV in St. Louis, KRIV-TV in Houston, and KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, CA. After majoring in geography at the University of Texas at Austin, Goodloe earned his master's degree in climatology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Angela Fritz, Deputy Weather Editor, The Washington Post
Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist who hails from the city of rock and roll and burning rivers – Cleveland, Ohio. She knew from a young age that weather was her true calling. After receiving a B.S. in meteorology from Valparaiso University and an M.S. in earth and atmospheric science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Angela worked as a meteorologist at CNN in Atlanta and Weather Underground in San Francisco. Angela is currently serving as the Washington Post’s deputy weather editor. When she’s not forecasting hurricanes or reading the latest climate science papers, Angela enjoys outdoor adventures, public transportation, and Oxford commas.
Brandon Miller, Meteorologist, Supervising Weather Producer, CNN
Brandon Miller is a meteorologist and supervising weather producer for CNN International, responsible for managing CNN's World Weather Department.Brandon guided CNN's award-winning coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as the 2011 devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After years of covering countless extreme weather events around the globe and seeing first hand the fingerprint of climate change, he became passionate about communicating the urgent risks associated with continued warming of the planet. Brandon headed the CNN International initiative "Living with Climate Change," which included covering the major IPCC climate reports in 2013 and 2014 on CNN, CNN International, and on CNN.com.
Keith Stellman, Meteorologist
Keith Stellman has received numerous awards over his 20 year career including the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association 2011 Leadership Award and 3 NOAA Administrator Awards among others. Keith was a member of the 2014 GA Governor's Task Force which has led to the implementation of a statewide mesonet within GA and improvements in Georgia's response plans to winter weather hazards. Keith was also a member of the NWS Hurricane Liaison Team and provided personal briefings to President George W Bush and Governor Rick Perry in 2005 during Hurricane Rita as well as to the White House during Hurricane Ivan.
Sea Level Panel
Topic 1: Coastal Storm Modeling System – Shrinking California Coastlines
Topic 2: Rising Seas in So. Florida
Dr. Patrick Barnard's research focuses on storm- and climate-related changes to the beaches and estuaries bordering the Pacific Ocean. His research has been published in over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented extensively at scientific conferences, universities, and agency meetings. He serves on numerous regional, national and international scientific review panels related to climate change and coastal hazards.
Brandon Miller, Meteorologist, Supervising Weather Produce
National Fire Safety
Topic: Weather Contributions to Large Wildfires; New Technology to Combat Wildfires
Addendum: Tahoe Fire Planning: network of cameras around the Lake; new fireboat for lakefront home fires
Matt Mehle, National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area Incident Meteorologist
Matt enjoys the many aspects of weather forecasting, but has a true passion for fire weather. Over the last 10 years as an Incident Meteorologist, he has been deployed to numerous disasters providing on-site weather to first responders and incident personnel. Some of the more notable deployments include the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and several of California’s largest wildfires. Most recently, Matt was the on-site meteorologist deployed to the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, the Tubbs Fire. Over the course of his career, Matt has received numerous awards and accolades for his role as Incident Meteorologist. In addition to forecasting the weather, Matt is also a fire weather instructor teaching wildland firefighters basic meteorology and how weather influences the wildland fire environment.
Alex Hoon, National Weather Service Reno Incident Meteorologist
Alex graduated from Texas A&M University, served in the U.S. Air Force as a weather officer, then joined the National Weather Service in Reno. His passion is fire weather, the impact of weather events in causing extreme fire behavior, and providing on-site decision support to fire leadership and personnel. Alex has been an Incident Meteorologist for 8 years, deploying to numerous large notable wildfires across the Western States, including the 2011 Wallow Fire in Arizona (largest wildfire in Arizona history), the 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, and most recently the 2017 Lilac Fire in San Diego County. Alex also serves as the Fire Weather Program Manager for the Eastern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, and western Nevada region.
Topic: Green Energy at Ski Resorts: A National Model for Zero Footprint
Frank G. Papandrea, Heavenly Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Manager
Frank has applied his passion for sustainability to various roles with Vail Resorts for the past 15 years. As a ski industry insider, Frank possesses a unique perspective of weather behavior, sustainability trends and environmental impacts in Colorado and California’s Northern Sierra. Frank is passionate about reducing Heavenly’s environmental footprint, especially in regards to waste reduction, energy conservation and employee engagement with our EpicPromise for a Zero Footprint initiative. He has already begun efforts by securing utility rebates for energy conservation projects with local power utilities of over $85,000 in last 5 years.