The Climate Information Responding to User Needs (CIRUN) project, supported through CICS-MD by NOAA CPO, provides outreach to climate data stakeholders. On April 23, 2012, CIRUN helped co-sponsor an all-day workshop at UMUC (University of Maryland University College, College Park campus). The workshop was organized by the Maryland SeaGrant Program and by the Center for Watershed Protection. The participants were welcomed by Dr. O'Shea, Vice President for Research, and Dean Wei of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Antonio Busalacchi gave the opening plenary address, followed by Don Bosch, President of UMCES (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science) and Zoe Johnson from the State Department of Natural Resources. The workshop attracted about 100 participants from climate science, government and local community representatives, non- profits, and social scientists.
A CIRUN-NOAA Executive Roundtable was convened on November 29, 2012 in College Park, MD at ESSIC. It was attended by representatives of business, government, and academic sectors with the goal of connecting providers of climate information with decision makers. Participants discussed the NOAA climate information products that they currently use and what improvements and new products they would help them better meet their needs. NOAA provided an overview of current products and well as plans for the future. Desire was expressed for finer resolution, both spatial and temporal, greater consistency, watershed and basin-scale data, and a clearer representation of uncertainty in climate products. Understanding the potential return on investment of adapting to climate changes was critically important to most users.