Colleton Featured on The Washington Post and The Weather Channel
September 11, 2012
IGES President Nancy Colleton was featured on national media last week after calling attention to a critical issue: investment in U.S. weather satellites and Earth observations capabilities must be viewed as an investment in U.S. business.
This was the key message of an editorial entitled: “Weather: A hot topic for the next Administration,” published on September 6, 2012, on the Capital Weather Gang of the Washington Post. In this piece, Colleton draws attention to the economic impacts of both routine and extreme weather and how, even as our nation’s monitoring capabilities are trending downward, more and more businesses across the nation are coping with the consequences of environmental events.
Colleton argues that investment in Earth observations give U.S. business a strategic advantage and that weather must be front-and-center for the next Administration.
Colleton reiterated this message during an appearance on The Weather Channel last Friday. “There’s a direct linkage between weather and the U.S. economy,” she said, noting that this is the number one topic for both the Democrat and Republican Presidentail candidates. Improving our nation’s short and long-term forecasting ability is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue, she concluded, but one “that’s important to all Americans.”