Dr Jessica Blunden is a climate scientist, working in the Center for Weather and Climate at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University and has co-authored more than a dozen peer reviewed publications. Jessica serves as a lead editor for the State of the Climate report, an annual peer reviewed report published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society that examines climate and climate change across the globe, with more than 400 authors from about 50 countries across the globe, and has served as the lead scientific consultant for the Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2013 report published by the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization. Jessica also authors NOAA’s monthly Global Analysis reports, which analyze global temperature and precipitation, and the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor on a rotational basis, and conducts related interviews with media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Associated Press, on a regular basis to discuss the state of the global climate system and climate change. She regularly participates in an assortment of education and outreach events, from teaching Kindergarteners about weather to speaking with high school, college, and adult education students, along with any other interested groups or organizations, about climate, climate change, and related impacts.



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