State Climate Office of North Carolina
The State Climate Office (SCO) of North Carolina is the primary source for state weather and climate information and is involved in all aspects of climate research, education, and extension services. The mission of the SCO is to provide climate related services to the state, local and federal agencies, businesses and the citizens of North Carolina.
The SCO is actively involved in research that enhances its capabilities to provide public service. Examples include climate change and variability in North Carolina, El Niño/La Niña effects on North Carolina weather and climate, agricultural and water resource management, air quality and environmental management, disaster mitigation, and land-falling hurricanes in North Carolina. The SCO derives its expertise from the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and various other departments within the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.
State Climate Offices are an integral component of the National Climate Service Partnership, which also includes NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs). State climate offices recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) work closely with one another, and with the regional and national counterparts, to provide climate data and services at the local level. Specifically, AASC recognized state climate offices (or ARSCOs) provide one or more of the following services:
1) Coordinate and collect weather observations for the purpose of climate monitoring; 2) Summarize and disseminate weather and climate information to the user community; 3) Demonstrate to the user community the value of climate information in the decision making process; 4) Perform climate impact assessments and weather event evaluations; 5) Conduct climate research, diagnosis, and projections.
The State Climate Office of North Carolina is recognized by the AASC.
Phone: (919) 515-3056
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- North Carolina State University
- American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)