Eileen Shea - Hazard-resilient Coastal Communities

Modified on 10/17/2011 15:01 by Administrator — Categorized as: Coastal Communities and Property Owners, Sea Grant Climate Network Workshop

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Ms. Shea is Chief of the Climate Services Division (CSD) of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and, since fall of 2005, Director of the NOAA Integrated Data and Environmental Applications (IDEA) Center. On January 3, 2008, she assumed responsibility as the Chief of the CSD with responsibility for NCDC’s programs in data access; data integration and visualization; user engagement; education and outreach; and international, national and regional climate services partnerships. The NOAA IDEA Center was established to advance NOAA’s mission objectives and meet critical needs for ocean, climate, and ecosystem information to protect lives and property, support economic development, and enhance the resilience of Pacific Island communities in the face of changing environmental conditions. In early 2009, Ms. Shea was asked to contribute to the emergence of NOAA National Climate Service as Director of Program Development and Partnerships. Ms. Shea serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS), member of the Navigators Council for the Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO). In early 2007, she was elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and serves on the AMS Committee on Climate Services and the AMS Scientific and Technical Committee on Climate Variability and Climate Change.From fall 1998 to fall 2006, Ms. Shea served as the Climate Projects Coordinator at the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI, USA. In this capacity, she led research; education and public policy efforts in climate forecast applications; climate vulnerability assessment; and climate risk management with a primary focus on Pacific Islands. Ms. Shea also led an initial assessment of the consequences of climate variability and change for Pacific Islands; organized and led climate education and training programs, including a Pacific Islands Training Institute on Climate and Extreme Events; and directed the Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (Pacific RISA) program focused on enhancing the resilience of Pacific Island communities, businesses and ecosystems in the face of climate-related extreme events such as droughts, floods, and tropical cyclones. Prior to joining the East-West Center in 1998, she served as the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Application of Research on the Environment, which is part of the Maryland-based Institute for Global Environment and Society. Before that, she spent over eighteen years in Government service in the U.S. NOAA, culminating in her position as the Deputy Director of the NOAA Office of Global Programs. During her time in NOAA, Ms. Shea helped organize the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program and the inter-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program. She also served for two years as Environment and Natural Resources Staff Director for the Board on Sustainable Development of the U.S. National Research Council and has experience in congressional relations and budget and finance in NOAA. Her educational experience focused on marine science and environmental law and resource management at the University of Delaware and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.