Welcome to the Penn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk
VISION: Create the knowledge, training and solutions to enable the optimal outcome for every decision where weather and climate matter.
MISSION: CSWCR’s Mission is to leverage and integrate the capabilities of the University, in particular those found in Meteorology, Engineering, Statistics, e-Education and Communications, along with external partners, to advance the science of exploiting environmental opportunities and understanding environmental impacts to manage risk. CSWCR will achieve this mission by focusing its efforts in four areas:
• User-inspired research: Identify and conduct research in areas that will advance the decision support process for specific industries and organizations.
• Communications: Train students and professionals how to convey environmental risk, impacts, opportunities, and solutions clearly, succinctly, and in a way understood unambiguously by the end user.
• Education: Leverage and expand existing e-education programs in Weather Risk Management. Educate and train future providers and users how to think about environmental impacts and how to identify optimal solution sets.
• Services: Prototype and develop new methods and products to quantify and exploit environmental opportunities and reduce risks.
Weather affects nearly every sector of society, from transportation to renewable energy, commerce to emergency management. Thus, preparing for and managing the range of probable weather outcomes is crucial for both businesses and governmental agencies. The question you might be asking is, “How can we know what to expect with regards to the weather, especially at long timeframes?” The answer, to some degree, lies buried within the vast amounts of global weather data generated each day (over 6 TB/day of observational data alone!).
The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State now offers a graduate certificate in Weather and Climate Analytics that will teach you how to access, analyze, and manipulate large, publicly available atmospheric datasets. This program is ideal for anyone who works with historical or forecast weather and climate data in a weather-sensitive sector. We will teach you how to manage the tsunami of information, spot patterns within it, and draw conclusions and insights relative to your sector of interest.
TED talk by David Titley: “How the Military Fights Climate Change”
Weather World’s “EarthBeat”: Learn more about CSWCR
ThinkProgress profiles CSWCR Director David Titley and the capstone course he teaches in Weather Risk Management. Weather and climate can both affect many sectors in the business world from retail to energy and insurance.
Senior Meteorology students in the Weather Risk option try their hand at weather-based futures trading with industry analysts in the capstone course METEO 460: Weather Risk and Financial Markets. CSWCR Director David Titley is teaches the course during the Spring semester.
David Titley was on The Weather Channel’s “Wx Geeks” show with Dr. Marshall Shepherd to talk about the recent National Academy of Sciences report on extreme weather attribution to climate change.