Tanja Fransen's presentation from the 2022 AMS Community and Citizen Science Symposium covers the increasing issues with wildfire smoke intrusions and public health and how a Weather Ready Nation needs to include partners in the public health arenas.
Tanja Fransen is the Meteorologist in Charge at the NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) office in Glasgow, MT, leading a talented team that provides weather, water and climate services to northeast Montana. Fransen has served on the NOAA Education Council and the NWS Networking and Mentoring Committee, and she co-led the NWS Skywarn program. She served on the council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Chaired the AMS Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting, and has been involved in many committees and boards. She received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science: Meteorology, from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995, and has spent her 27 year career in the high plains. In 2014, she had the great honor of receiving the AMS Kenneth C. Spengler Award for leadership and innovation across the weather enterprise. She has received the NWS Isaac Cline Award for Leadership and for EEO/Diversity Management, and the NOAA Administrator’s Award in 2011 for the development of the Cold Advisory for Newborn Livestock system.