Sarah Champion joined NCICS in 2014 and serves as the Data Architect for NOAA's Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the National Climate Assessment (NCA). In this role, she leads the efforts for achieving transparency and accessibility of all NCA data and collecting figure, data, source and licensing documentation to ensure the reproducibility of NCA science in compliance with federal mandates. Ms. Champion has been part of the TSU since 2012, working as a government contractor prior to joining NCICS. During her time with the TSU, Ms. Champion has defined processes and tools to ensure compliance across six major government reports. These practices have since been adopted by multiple U.S. government agencies to achieve similar levels of data transparency, accessibility, and reproducibility for similar reports.
Previously, Ms. Champion served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a Weather Officer, providing operational support and research for the Department of Defense. Additionally, she served as a liaison to U.S. Air Force Weather headquarters at the Pentagon, working in weather modelling and simulation.
Ms. Champion received her undergraduate degree in meteorology from Penn State University and her Master of Science degree in meteorology from The Naval Postgraduate School, while serving on active duty. She is also pursuing a PhD in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University, with research focused on climate change and extreme precipitation.
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Kunkel, K.E., R. Frankson, J. Runkle, S.M. Champion, L.E. Stevens, D.R. Easterling, B.C. Stewart, A. McCarrick, and C.R. Lemery, Eds., 2022: State Climate Summaries for the United States 2022. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 150. NOAA/NESDIS, Silver Spring, MD., 251 pp. https://statesummaries.ncics.org/
Kunkel, K.E., X. Yin, L. Sun, S.M. Champion, L.E. Stevens, and K.M. Johnson, 2022: Extreme Precipitation Trends and Meteorological Causes Over the Laurentian Great Lakes. Frontiers in Water, 4. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2022.804799
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. https://precipitationfrequency.ncics.org/pdfs/RC_2517_Final_Report_version2_Sep_04_2020_clean.pdf
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
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
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
Champion, S., 2020: Information Quality and the National Climate Assessment. ESIP 2020 Summer Meeting. Virtual, July 22, 2020.
Champion, S., 2020: Information Quality and the NCA. Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) Federal Steering Committee meeting. Virtual, June 23, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.