Climate and Societal Interactions
The Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Program's mission is to provide leadership and support for research, assessments and climate services development activities designed to bring sound, interdisciplinary science to bear on climate sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions. The Program builds upon the work of the COM, ESS, and MAPP programs to understand and anticipate changes in the climate system, and transfers this knowledge to members of society in meaningful and useful ways. To achieve its mission, the CSI Program supports research in the U.S. and abroad that augments current understanding and practices used to meet the climate-related needs of decision makers.
Program activities aim to:
CSI research and capacity building activities address several societal challenges articulated in the context of the climate adaptation and mitigation objective of the NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP), including: i) water resources; ii) coastal resilience; iii) marine ecosystems; and iv) weather and extreme events. Through supporting the creation of knowledge and capacity for adaptation, these efforts support NOAA's vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as outlined in the NGSP. Several CSI programs support the Coping with Drought initiative of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) by supporting regions threatened by drought. In addition to addressing the societal challenges, CSI will participate in or ensure alignment with the priorities of a number of interagency efforts such as the: National Climate Assessment, Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, National Integrated Drought Information Service Act (P.L. 109-430); NOAA Ocean and Coastal Council, National Ocean Council, and the international Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) initiative.
- Identify and support innovative and broadly applicable approaches to support decision-making, particularly for better understanding risks and vulnerabilities
- Establish a broad network of regionally scoped, long-term efforts to support risk management and decision support at scales of relevance to local to regional to decision making
- Promote the transfer of knowledge, tools, and products across climate service development efforts (within NOAA, across the federal government, nationally, and internationally
CSI comprises the following programs:
International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) - supports activities to link climate research and assessments to practical risk management, development and adaptation challenges in key regions throughout the world.
|Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) - supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management, planning, and public policy.
|Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) - addresses the needs of a specific stakeholder or set of stakeholder within key socioeconomic sectors (e.g., water resources, agriculture, health, etc.) grappling with pressing climate-related issues. For 2012, SARP will focus on the water resource sector.
|National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - provides dynamic and easily accessible drought information for the Nation. NIDIS supports drought research focusing on risk assessment, forecasting, management, and development of decision-support resources. "Coping with Drought," grants competitions are administered through the RISA and SARP programs.
|Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) - supports interdisciplinary applications research on the impacts of climate variability and change on coastal communities and coastal and marine ecosystems to inform decision making.