The services of the North Dakota State Climate Office were acknowledged at a subcommittee hearing on Energy and Environment in the US House of Representatives on May 5, 2009.

The House Committee on Science and Technology, the subcommittee on Energy and Environment (Chair, Representative Brian Baird, D WA-3) held a hearing titled “Expanding Climate Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Developing the National Climate Service”.

The State Climatologist for Colorado and the president of the American Association of State Climatologists presented a witness testimony during the hearing. In his testimony, he talked about the activities of the state climate offices in the US, state climate office relationships with the existing NOAA climate service program, and the American Association of State Climatologists role in the National Climate Services. He cited three State Climate Offices that provide remarkable climate services in the nation. One of those cited names was the North Dakota State Climate office.

“It is a remarkable acknowledgment that makes me proud of our organization and my staff for all their efforts which attributed to national recognition of our services” said Dr. Adnan Akyüz, assistant professor of Climatology and the director of the North Dakota State Climate Office in the NDSU Soil Science department.

The full written testimony can be seen at:

http://democrats.science.house.gov/Media/file/Commdocs/hearings/2009/Energy/5may/Doesken_Testimony.pdf

Or Doesken_Testimony.pdf

For further information on the North Dakota State Climate Office: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/ndsco/