North Carolina has a complex climate due to its three distinct regions: the mountains, the piedmont, and the
coastal plain. Climate affects many aspects of our daily lives - agriculture, environment, transportation, tourism, and natural
disasters to name a few. It has been 25 years since the State Climate Office of North Carolina was established, originally at
UNC-Chapel Hill and since 1980 at NC State University. The mission of the State Climate Office (SCO) is to provide climate related
services to the state, local and federal agencies, businesses and the citizens of North Carolina. In 1998, the UNC Board of Governors
formally approved it as a Public Service Center.
The State Climate Office is housed in the Research III Building on NC State University's Centennial Campus, where private industries,
government agencies, and University researchers come together and create a unique environment for interaction and advancement.
The State Climate Office is actively involved in research that enhances its capabilities to provide public service. Examples include
climate change and variability in North Carolina, El Niño/La Niña effects on North Carolina weather and climate, agricultural
and water resource management, air quality and environmental management, disaster mitigation, and land-falling hurricanes in North Carolina. The
SCO derives its expertise from the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and various other departments within the College
of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at NC State University. Professor Peter Robinson
of the Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill, acts as coordinator of the North Carolina Climate Program and works closely with the
State Climate Office. Undergraduate and graduate students from different universities participate in the research and extension activities
at the SCO every year.
The SCO has developed strong partnerships with several state and federal agencies such as the NC Department of Agriculture, NC Department
of Environmental and Natural Resources, NC Division of Emergency Management, NC Supercomputing Center, National Weather Service, the
National Climatic Data Center, and the US Geological Survey. Interaction with these organizations enhance our outreach activities.