Sarah Champion

Sarah Champion

National Climate Assessment Data Architect Phone: +1 828.271.4135 Email: smchampi@ncsu.edu Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5080-6286

Biography

Sarah Champion received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and Master of Science degree in Meteorology from The Naval Postgraduate School, while serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Her graduate research focused on Climatology and Long Range Forecasting, where she developed a probabilistic long-range forecast for the Department of Defense for Southwest Asia. These forecasts were later transitioned into operational forecasts and are still a current climatological product, produced by the 14th Weather Squadron. Sarah has worked with NCEI since 2010, serving as Actions Officer/Assistant to the Deputy Director for NCEI with the Director’s Office, and transitioned to the Technical Support Unit for the National Climate Assessment in September 2012, as the Scientific Program Coordinator. Her current position, as the Data Architect, oversees the management of all data for assessments, including transparency, curation, archival, and leading the team responsible for the underlying infrastructure to support all of these facets. Sarah is also pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University, with research focused on extreme precipitation impacts to infrastructure design values. Ms. Champion joined NCICS as a Research Scholar in January 2014.

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

Kunkel, K. E., D. R. Easterling, T. R. Karl, J. C. Biard, S. M. Champion, B. E. Gleason, K. M. Johnson, A. Li, S. Stegall, L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, M. Squires, L. Sun, and X. Yin, 2020: Incorporation of the Effects of Future Anthropogenically Forced Climate Change in Intensity-Duration-Frequency Design Values: Final Report. North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, North Carolina State University, 104 pp.

2019

Kunkel, K. E., and S. M. Champion, 2019: An assessment of rainfall from Hurricanes Harvey and Florence relative to other extremely wet storms in the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 13500– 13506. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085034

2017

Kunkel, K., R. Frankson, J. Runkle, S. Champion, L. Stevens, D. Easterling, and B. Stewart, 2017: State Climate Summaries for the United States. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149. http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

Kunkel, K. E., S. M. Champion, L. Sun, and J. Rennie, 2017: Climate Model Data Support to the Assistant Secretary of Air Force (ASAF) Climate Projection Engineering Weather Data (EWD) Project. Final Report, Contract N61340-14-C-6103 P00013, 53 pp.

USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I. D. J. Wuebbles, D. W. Fahey, K. A. Hibbard, D. J. Dokken, B. C. Stewart, and T. K. Maycock, Eds., 470 pp., U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0J964J6

2016

Kunkel, K. E., D. A. Robinson, S. Champion, X. Yin, T. Estilow, and R. M. Frankson, 2016: Trends and extremes in Northern Hemisphere snow characteristics. Current Climate Change Reports, 2, 65-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40641-016-0036-8

Waple, A. M., S. M. Champion, K. E. Kunkel, and C. Tilmes, 2016: Innovations in information management and access for assessments. Climatic Change, 135, 69-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-015-1588-7

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.

Champion, S., 2019: You Can Have Data without Information, but You Cannot have Information without Data. AMOS Science Pub: Understanding the Importance of Data, Asheville, NC, March 29, 2019.

2018

Schattman, R., S. Wiener, G. Roesch-McNally, M. Niles, S. M. Champion, and J. Cobb, 2018: Socio-environmental Synthesis: Exploring the Relationship between Climate Events, Agricultural Crop Loss, and Climate/Weather Perceptions of USDA Employees. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, December 14, 2018.

Kunkel, K. E., and S. Champion, 2018: The Meteorology of Extreme Precipitation and Implications for Future Planning. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 9, 2018.

2017

Champion, S., and K. E. Kunkel, 2017: Sustained Assessment Metadata as a Pathway to Trustworthiness of Climate Science Information. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 15, 2017.

Champion, S., 2017: Metadata and the Sustained Assessment: Data Transparency as Climate Science Communication. American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, June 28, 2017.

Champion, S., 2017: The Importance of Summer Season Fronts in Extreme Precipitation Events. American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, June 27, 2017.

2016

Kunkel, K., S. Champion, R. Frankson, D. Easterling, J. Griffin, J. Runkle, L. E. Stevens, B. Stewart, L. Sun, and S. Veasey, 2016: NOAA's State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: A Sustained Assessment Product. 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, December 14, 2016.

Champion, S., 2016: Global Warming and Heavy Precipitation Design Values, CICS Science Conference, College Park, MD, November 29, 2016.

Champion, S., 2016: NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: A Resource for Decision Makers, CICS Science Conference, College Park, MD, November 29, 2016.

Champion, S., and L. Sun, 2016: NCA Technical Support Unit, CICS Science Conference, College Park, MD, November 29, 2016.

Kunkel, K. E., and S. Champion, 2016: Metadata requirements and system demonstration. Climate Science Special Report 2nd Lead Authors Meeting, Boulder, CO, November 3, 2016.

2015

Champion, S., and K. E. Kunkel, 2015: Data Management and the National Climate Assessment: A Data Quality Solution, Invited talk, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015.

Champion, S., and Kunkel, K. 2015: Data Management and the National Climate Assessment: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Future Applications. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, January 5, 2015.