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Rick Thoman

Rick recently retired from the National Weather Service to join the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP). As a climate translator, Rick works with ACCAP to span the bridge between climate modeling and communities.

Contact Rick Thoman

What do you do?

My role is climate translator. I work with ACCAP to span the bridge between climate modeling and communities. An ACCAP mission is to understand user needs, I anticipate helping our team work in that domain. For example, I am contributing to the ACCAP and IARC social media presence since that is a primary mechanism for communications across Alaska.

Follow Rick on Twitter @AlaskaWx.

What are you currently working on?

We are in discussion with radio stations around the state to provide short, region specific climate and weather segments. That tailored information is a very valuable service that the university can provide to Alaska communities.

Come talk to you about?

I am available to discuss the ins and outs of weather and climate instrumentation. Having worked for NOAA for 30 years I can also provide feedback on what NOAA is really looking for in proposals.

Bering Sea daily ice extent, 1978–2019. Source: NSIDC Sea Ice Index, v3. Graphic by Rick Thoman, ACCAP/@AlaskaWx. Updated through April 4, 2019.
Bering Sea daily ice extent, 1978–2019. Source: NSIDC Sea Ice Index, v3. Graphic by Rick Thoman, ACCAP/@AlaskaWx. Updated through April 4, 2019.