Weathering Change: Need for Continued Innovation in Forecasting and Prediction, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 16, 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Mark Begich: "We're here to talk about the weather and the climate, which really is just the same as weather, on a longer time scale. Today's hearing is meant to provide oversight of these two important functions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, otherwise known as NOAA. NOAA's weather programs touch the lives of every American every day. Forecasts help people make informed decisions, whether a family planning their annual trip from their village to Anchorage, or a fisherman trying to stay safe in the Gulf of Maine. And while the phrase 'climate change' is always controversial, we in Alaska are already living the effects. Having solid information about climate trends is critical for good governance and business planning. […] Today's hearing is meant to push deeper and promote cost-effective and earlier decisions regarding program management in the deployment of weather and climate services. The last administration ran up a multi-billion price tag due to program delays in the management of the weather satellites, and I want to make sure this administration is a better steward of the taxpayer funding." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Begich, Olympia J. Snowe, John Boozman, Mary M. Glackin, Todd J. Zinser, David C. Trimble, Cari B. Thomas, Tom Iseman, Peter P. Neilley, Robert S. Marshall, John D. Rockefeller, IV, Daniel A. Sobien, Maria Cantwell, and Amy Klobuchar.

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S. Hrg. 112-638; Senate Hearing 112-638
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