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The Climate Hazards Center attended the American Geophysical Union's 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. CHC team member involvement included poster presentations and larger oral presentations. CHC attendance and participation also included researchers, scientific programmers, and graduate student researchers, all of whom presented on a wide variety of topics, from data sets to applications, thus furthering the CHC's mission to educate an engaged public of the continual dangers posed by climate disasters. 

CM4EW Special Report on Southern Africa
In a GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning (CM4EW) Special Report released on November 18th, 2019, the University of California Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazard Center (CHC) helped broadcast an important message about the heightened risk of drought during Southern Africa’s 2019-2020 main cropping season. 

Chris Funk was featured on the "Eyes on Earth" podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change, and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

The CHC is pleased to announce the launch of a Climate Services journal with Frontiers Science News. Chris Funk serves as Specialty Chief Editor, while Shrad Shukla serves as Founding Associate Editor. 

CHC's Chris Funk and Pete Peterson attend NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) Science Team Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international network of satellites that provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow. 

The CHC is pleased to share that Associate Researchers Shrad Shukla and Frank Davenport have been selected by NASA as Principal Investigators for the next SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (AST). The Climate Hazards Center is uniquely distinguished in being the only institution within the SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Hub & West Africa Hub to receive funding for two projects. 

CHC's Greg Husak and Shrad Shukla attend the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Drought Workshop 2019 in Tempe, Arizona.

The Climate Hazards Center’s (CHC) workshop, “The Role of Machine Learning in Famine Early Warning”—held on October 15, 2019—gathered decision-makers, domain experts, applied analysts, and methodologists under the shared goal of identifying new quantitative methods and applications for advancing famine early warning.

Greg Husak moderates the "Satellite Imagery for Early Warning of Productivity Constraints" webinar with NASA Harvest and the Food Security Portal on October 31, 2019. The webinar will discuss how we can use satellite imagery to gain early warning of food insecurity from crop loss and other drivers, as well as assess the state of the research on predictions of productivity, discuss plans for future research, and host a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities that exist.


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