2020 SPEAKERS

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Wildfires, The New Reality
With wildfires a major topic of safety concern throughout California and the West as well as a national harbinger, we’re talking w/ reps from Cal Fire, PG&E, NWS, to discuss, respectively: current and long range conditions, power outages/impacts; customer safety messaging; first-ever extreme red flag warnings, and public messaging best practices during extreme weather events.

Chris Anthony, Division Chief for CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit East Divisions Operations
Chris Anthony earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of California Berkeley. During his tenure at UC Berkeley, he also studied resource management at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Chris considers his 23-year career with CAL FIRE as more of a calling than a job. He has worked in disciplines ranging from forest management, firefighter training and safety, law enforcement, fire investigation, administration, and fire suppression operations. In 2015 Chris was appointed as the Deputy Task Force Leader for the Governor’s Tree Mortality Task Force; helping to lead an effort of over 80 federal, state and local entities in response to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation to address the massive tree die off in the Sierra Nevada. He currently serves as a working group leader on the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force; a task force formed to address threats and find solutions to how a changing climate is affecting the State’s forests.

 

Rich Thompson, Incident Meteorologist at NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard
After graduating from Penn State with a BS in Meteorology in 1992, Rich joined the NWS office in Chicago as a Meteorologist Intern. After a couple of years, Rich became a General Forecaster with the NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard office in 1995 and has been at the Oxnard office ever since. In 2006, Rich became a certified Incident Meteorologist. Over his 13+ career as a Incident Meteorologist, Rich has been assigned to 55 different wildfires, including significant fires such as the Station Fire, Day Fire, Thomas Fire and the Woolsey Fire.

 

 

Scott Strenfuel, Principal Meteorologist in PGE&E's Meteorology Operations and Analytics
Scott Strenfel has worked as an operational meteorologist in PG&E’s Meteorology Operations and Analytics unit for near a decade. Scott is a utility-weather, fire-weather and satellite-based fire detection subject matter expert. He oversees and participates in utility-weather research projects, and serves on emergency response teams for electric, gas, and diablo canyon power plant. In 2018, Scott was selected by PG&E employees and senior leadership as the champion of PG&E’s Spark innovation challenge, and in 2017 was awarded the PG&E Margaret Mooney Innovation Award for work related to solar forecasting. Prior to joining PG&E, Scott worked at Sonoma Technology Inc., researching the efficacy of satellite-based fire detection systems and modeling emissions from wildland fire. Scott holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Meteorology and was one of the first graduates from the San Jose State Fire Weather Research Laboratory.

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: How Tahoe Can Help Confront the Global Climate Crisis ft. CapRadio's TahoeLand
Lake Tahoe is a jewel in the Sierra Nevada, but climate change threatens everything we love about it. In CapRadio’s TahoeLand podcast reporters Ezra David Romero and Emily Zentner take us inside this petri dish for scientific research to see how Tahoe can help confront the global climate crisis. From concept to storyboarding to end product this talk will showcase how to tell environmental stories in a smart way without losing the audience. It’s all about engaging audiences with serious topics in an engaging way.

Ezra David Romero is Capital Public Radio’s environment reporter and host of the station’s TahoeLand and YosemiteLand podcasts. His stories have run on NPR programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Here & Now. He grew up on a peach farm south of Fresno and spent the last five years reporting on agriculture and environment for Valley Public Radio covering six counties between Los Angeles and Sacramento. Romero also worked for the Fresno Bee covering police, elections, government and higher education. Follow @ezraromero

 

 

Emily Zentner is an Interactive Producer and data reporter at Capital Public Radio, where she worked on their TahoeLand podcast, all about how climate change is impacting Tahoe. Emily is a lifelong Californian and grew up visiting Lake Tahoe often. Before joining CapRadio, Emily was a video producer at the Sacramento Bee and graduated from Arizona State University's journalism school.

 

 

 

FV3 Next Generation Forecast Model
Is the American forecast model as good, better or behind the European model? Lucas Harris, Deputy Division Lead for the Weather and Climate Dynamics Division, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, addresses the latest update on the system and what it means for forecasting.

Lucas Harris, Deputy Division Lead for the Weather and Climate Dynamics Division, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Lucas Harris is the Deputy Division Lead for the Weather and Climate Dynamics Division at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ. He is a key member of the team developing the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere Dynamical Core (FV3) which is the foundation of most global weather and climate models in the United States, most notably the newest version 15 of the US Global Forecast System (GFS). He received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 2010 and joined GFDL the same year to work with Shian-Jiann Lin, the creator of FV3. He has been closely involved in the development of new weather and climate models that take advantage of the capabilities in FV3 to simulate high-impact weather and climate events, especially hurricanes and severe thunderstorms. He also collaborates with researchers throughout NOAA, NASA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, at universities, and internationally to create next-generation models.

 

Extreme Rainfall and Tropical Cyclones
Alex Lamers, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction will address weather patterns occurring, what new trends are being observed, new ways to leverage technology for forecasting and predictions.

Alex Lamers, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction
Alex Lamers is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC) in College Park, MD. He regularly collaborates with other NWS personnel, government agencies, and external partners across the country on weather forecasts, policy, and research related to WPC’s core expertise: extreme rainfall, winter weather, and medium range prediction. WPC produces forecasts and outlooks to improve national readiness for hazardous weather events. Alex has also previously worked for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and as a meteorologist and forecaster in four other local NWS forecast offices.

New Fire Radar System
Technology to peer inside wildfire smoke plumes at unprecedented resolution to yield new insights into inner structure and evolution of blazes. Researchers hopeful it leads to better tools for tracking and forecasting fires, thereby reducing damage and casualties.

Dr. Neil Lareau, Assistant Professor for Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Physics at University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Lareau joined UNR in 2018. His research program leverages modern observing and modeling systems to advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics across a range of scales. Dr. Lareau's previous professional appointments include: Faculty at San Jose State University, post-doctoral scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Post-Doctoral Scholar at San Jose State University. Dr. Lareau earned both MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of Utah. He also holds an undergraduate degree (BFA) in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Dr. Craig Clements, Professor of Meteorology at San José State University and Director of the Fire Weather Research Laboratory
Dr. Clements leads research on fire weather, extreme fire behavior, fire-atmosphere interactions, and conducting wildland fire field experiments. Dr. Clements has over 20 years of experience in meteorological field observations and teaches courses in Fire Weather, Wildfire Science, Mountain Meteorology, Climate Change, and Meteorological Instrumentation. He received his PhD in Geophysics from the University of Houston, his MS in Meteorology from the University of Utah, and a BS degree in Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2012, Dr. Clements received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for his research on wildfire dynamics and fire weather. His current research focuses on obtaining meteorological measurements using state-of-the-art Mobile Atmospheric Profiling Systems such as Doppler Lidar and Radar at active wildfires in the western US and his research has been featured in PBS NOVA, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time, CNN, and Scientific American.