Jenny Dissen

Jenny Dissen

Private sector Engagement, Adaptation, Resilience, Education, Literacy and Communication, Climate services Phone: +1 828.257.3135 Email: JennyDissen@ncics.org

Biography

Ms. Dissen is the Corporate Relations and Partnerships lead at NCICS, where she facilitates collaborations and partnerships with private-sector industry partners, government, academia, scientists, and others to understand climate information needs and applications on the adaptation timescale, as well as catalyze innovative solutions for adaptation planning.  She supports the Division Chief of Climate Information Services at NOAA’s NCEI in various activities in their regional climate services program. 

Prior to joining NCICS, Ms. Dissen worked in management consulting at Accenture, where she was an experienced manager in their North American Utilities Practice specializing in utility operations and deployment of large-scale business transformation initiatives through process improvement and technology enablement. In 2008, she supported the development of a new practice in Climate Change and Sustainability at Accenture, where she developed a new project offering in Sustainability Solutions for clients. 

To further her interests in designing climate change and sustainability solutions, Ms. Dissen then worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation in their Clinton Climate Initiative in Southeast Asia. She was responsible for developing strategies and technical projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in various waste management areas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

Ms. Dissen is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned her Masters in Civil Engineering - Environmental Systems Analysis, and Bachelors in Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Business Management. In 2014, she earned a certificate in Climate Change and Society from the MLA program at UNC Asheville. 

Publications

2020

Kunkel, K. E., D. R. Easterling, A. Ballinger, S. Bililign, S. M. Champion, D. R. Corbett, K. D. Dello, J. Dissen, G. M. Lackmann, J. Luettich, R. A., L. B. Perry, W. A. Robinson, L. E. Stevens, B. C. Stewart, and A. J. Terando, 2020: North Carolina Climate Science Report. 233 pp. https://ncics.org/nccsr

Dello, K., W. Robinson, K. Kunkel, J. Dissen, and T. Maycock, 2020: A Hotter, Wetter, and More Humid North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal, 81, 307. http://dx.doi.org/10.18043/ncm.81.5.307

2019

Brewer, Michael J., Hollingshead, Annette, Dissen, J., Jones, Najimah, Laura F. Webster, 2019. User Needs for Weather and Climate Information: 2019 NCEI Users’ Conference. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0323.1

McGuirk, M., S. C. Herring, and J. Dissen, 2018: The Climate Resilient Grid Forum. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100, 173-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0018.1

2015

Schreck, C. J., III, S. Bennett, J. M. Cordeira, J. Crouch, J. Dissen, A. L. Lang, D. Margolin, A. O’Shay, J. Rennie, and M. J. Ventrice, 2015: Natural gas prices and the extreme winters of 2011/12 and 2013/14: Causes, indicators, and interactions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 1879-1894. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00237.1

2013

Arguez, A., R. S. Vose, and J. Dissen, 2013: Alternative climate normals: Impacts to the energy industry. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 915-917. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00155.1

Presentations

2019

Kunkel K. E., D. E. Easterling, S. M. Champion, J. P. Dissen, and O. B. Brown, 2019: North Carolina Climate Science Report Update. Regional Resiliency Workshops, Hickory, NC, October 16, 2019.

Kunkel K. E., D. E. Easterling, S. M. Champion, J. P. Dissen, and O. B. Brown, 2019: North Carolina Climate Science Report Update. Regional Resiliency Workshops, Sylva, NC, October 15, 2019.

Kunkel K. E., D. E. Easterling, S. M. Champion, J. P. Dissen, and O. B. Brown, 2019: North Carolina Climate Science Report Activities and Updates. NC Interagency Council Meeting, Winston-Salem, NC, July 16, 2019.

Dissen, J., D. R. Easterling, K. E. Kunkel, A. Ballinger, K. Hayhoe, and F. Akhtar, 2019: Development and Applications of Climate Projections in India. 17th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop, Charleston, SC, June 11, 2019.

Kunkel, K. E., D. E. Easterling, J. P. Dissen, and O. B. Brown, 2019: Initial Perspective on the NC Climate Science Activities. NC DEQ Climate Change Interagency Council Meeting, Raleigh, NC, April 26, 2019.

Whitehead, J., and J. P. Dissen, 2019: Bringing Academic and Scientific Assessment to Decisions. NC DEQ Climate Change Interagency Council Meeting, Raleigh, NC, April 26, 2019.

Dissen, J., A. Ballinger, D. R. Easterling, K. E. Kunkel, K. Hayhoe, F. Akhtar, 2019: U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience. 2019 World Sustainable Development Summit, New Delhi, India, February 11, 2019.

McGuirk, M., E. Shea, M. Prabhu, D. Ratliff, J. Dissen, and E. Gardiner, 2019: Climate-Induced Displacement: Where Social and Climate Sciences Intersect. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 9, 2019.

Easterling, D. R., J. Dissen, K. E. Kunkel, and K. Hayhoe, 2019: The U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 8, 2019.

Dissen, Hollingshead, A., M. J. Brewer, N. Jones, and J. Dissen, 2019: Exploring and Advancing Customer Engagement at NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 8, 2019.

Dissen, J., 2019: Upcoming NCEI Data Users Conference: An Agriculture Example Town Hall (panel discussion). AMS 99th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 7, 2019.

Dissen, J., A. Hollingshead, N. Jones, M. J. Brewer, T. G. Houston, and A. Allegra, 2019: Lessons Learned from Implementation of Customer Requirements Solution. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 7, 2019.

2018

Easterling, D. R., J. Dissen, K. Kunkel, and K. Hayhoe, 2018: An Overview of the U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Washington, DC, December 10, 2018.

Dissen, J., 2018: Climate and Data Sciences (panel discussion). North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Data Science Series Visits Asheville, The Collider, Asheville, NC, November 6, 2018.

Dissen, J., 2018: Key Findings from the U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience Workshop on Development and Application of High-Resolution Climate Modeling. 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Columbia, SC, October 31, 2018.

Dissen, J., 2018: Data-Driven Climate Innovation (panel discussion). 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Columbia, SC, October 30, 2018.

Dissen, J., D. R. Easterling, K. E. Kunkel, K. Hayhoe, 2018: Innovative Web Based Applications of High-Resolution Climate Modeling and Projections Techniques. 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Columbia, SC, October 30, 2018.

Dissen, J., and M. Brewer, 2018: NCEI Customer Engagement Initiatives to Guide Opportunities for Innovation. 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Columbia, SC, October 30, 2018.

Dissen, J., and A. Ballinger, 2018: Climate Projections and the Climate Analysis Tool. Workshop on Climate and Health, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India, October 24, 2018.

Dissen, J., 2018: In Times of Seismic Sorrows (panel discussion). The Collider and The Center for Craft Joint Exhibition, Asheville, NC, September 25, 2018.

Dissen, J., 2018: Sectoral Analysis Approach. National Water Initiative Service Delivery & Decision Support Group web conference, June 14, 2018.

Dissen, J., M. Brewer, and D. Arndt, 2018: The Application of NOAA National Centers of Environmental Information Data and Information to the Legal Community. American Bar Association webinar, June 6, 2018.

McGuirk, M., J. Dissen, and S. Herring, 2018: 8.2: The Climate Resilient Grid: A Report on the Forum on Energy, Climate, and the Grid. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 10, 2018.

Brewer, M. J., T. G. Houston, A. Hollingshead, J. Dissen, and N. Jones, 2018: Customer Use Cases and Analytics for Climate Data at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 9, 2018.

Hollingshead, A., M. J. Brewer, J. Dissen, and T. Owen, 2018: Environmental Information for Resilience in Infrastructure. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 9, 2018.

Hollingshead, A., M. J. Brewer, J. Dissen, N. Jones, and T. Owen, 2018: 727: Exploring and Advancing Customer Engagement at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 9, 2018.

2017

Brewer, M., T. Houston, A. Hollingshead, N. Jones, J. Dissen, and N. A. Ritchey, 2017: Customer Use Cases and Analytics for Climate Data at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 14, 2017.

Dissen, J., D. R. Easterling, K. Kunkel, A. Kulkarni, F. H. Akhtar, K. Hayhoe, A. M. K. Stoner, R. Swaminathan, and B. L. Thrasher, 2017: GC31H-04: Key Findings from the U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience Workshop on Development and Application of Downscaling Climate Projections. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 13, 2017.

Dissen, J., 2017: STEM Teachers: From Western NC to India and Back into the Classroom, Application of India STEM education findings panel discussion, The Collider, Asheville, NC, October 17, 2017.

Dissen, J., Houston, T., Margolin, J., 2014: Climate Change & Variability - Data Sources, Accessibility, and Use. Georgia Environmental Conference. Jekyll Island, GA, August 24, 2017.

Dissen, J., 2017: The Role of Environmental Intelligence for the Energy Industry. American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, June 26, 2017.

2016

Thompson, T., O. Brown, and J. Dissen, 2016: Applying NOAA Big Data to Utilities - An Example, Utility Analytics Week, October 31, 2016.

Dissen, J., T. Owen, M. Brewer, E. Mecray, T. Houston, 2016: Engagement with the Energy Sector - Our Experience. 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference. Charlotte, NC, September 12-14, 2016.

Dissen, J., 2016: EHS, Sustainability and Climate Resilience - What’s the Connection?, Research Triangle Park Foundation webinar, September 8, 2016.

2015

Dissen, J., 2015: Climate Change and Clean Energy (panel discussion). Asheville Bioneers Conference, Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Asheville, NC, November 13, 2015.

Brown, O., K. Kunkel, and J. Dissen, 2015: Storm Data for Utilities. Utility Analytics Storm Analytics Working Group Presentation, September 2015.

Brown, O., K. Kunkel, and J. Dissen, 2015: Opportunities in Climate Analytics for Utilities. Utility Analytics Executive Advisory Council, August 2015.

Brewer, M., and J. Dissen, 2015: NCEI User Engagement Strategy. Climate Data Record Annual PI Meeting, August 2015.

Dissen, J., 2015. American Association of State Climatologists Annual Meeting, Skamania, WA, July 1, 2015.

Privette, J. L., T. G. Houston, D. P. Brown, J. Dissen, K. Gleason, and R. A. Leduc Clarke, 2015: A New Approach to Climate Services at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). AMS Annual Meeting, January 7, 2015.

2014

Dissen, J., T. Houston, and J. Margolin, 2014: Climate Change & Variability – Data Sources, Accessibility, and Use. Georgia Environmental Conference, Jekyll Island, GA, August 2014.