Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Funded Projects

Sort by: Principal Investigator Title Sectors End Users Completion Date RISA Team
Sector (s) Extreme Events, Human Health
End Users New York City Department of Public Health and Mental Hygiene, public health workers in Boston, New York, and Philadephia
Completion Date:
2013
RISA Team:

CCRUN

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A Comparative Assessment of Heat Health Warning Systems in Boston and New York
Principal Investigator: Malgosia Madajewicz

Many cities in the United States have introduced heat health warning systems (HHWS) in order to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with heat waves. Some evidence suggests that existing HHWS, early warning combined with actions to assist vulnerable populations, are saving lives, but the evidence is insufficient to guide the design of effective HHWS. We will conduct a comparative assessment of the major HHWS in the highly urbanized northeast. We will compare detailed evidence about the institutional structures of the three HHWS in order to understand which components are effective in saving lives and why, and what other cities can learn about how to reduce mortality and morbidity from heat waves under different climatic and socio-economic conditions. We will analyze how effectively each HHWS is serving the needs of the most vulnerable groups and what are the lessons for making HHWS responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable.
Sector (s) Extreme Events, Human Health
End Users Michigan Department of Community Healtth, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Completion Date:
2012
RISA Team:

GLISA

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A Modeling Framework for Informing Decision Maker Response to Extreme Heat Events in Michigan Under Climate Change
Principal Investigator: Laura Schmitt-Olabisi

This project assesses human health risks of extreme heat events in Michigan cities and is creating a dynamic modeling framework that tests policy and management options for reducing morbidity and mortality related to these events.
Sector (s) Agriculture, Tourism, Water
End Users Various recreation, agriculture and water stakeholders in the Intermountain West
Completion Date:
2012
RISA Team:

WWA

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A Socioeconomic Impacts and Adaptation Strategies Clearinghouse
Principal Investigator: Roberta Klein and William Travis

Development of an online, searchable database to provide stakeholders with resources regarding socioeconomic impacts of climate change in the Western Water Assessment region. WWA’s Socioeconomic Climate Impacts database is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of peer and non-peer reviewed articles, reports, websites, and presentations about the socioeconomic impacts of and adaptations to climate variability and change, focused on the WWA region
Sector (s) Civil Infrastructure, Coasts, Extreme Events
End Users City of New York
Completion Date:
2012
RISA Team:

CCRUN

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Accurate Storm Surge Modeling: The Influence of Model Dimensionality, Freshwater, Tides, Stratification and Model Grid Area
Principal Investigator: Alan Blumberg

Detailed simulations, comparisons with observations, and model sensitivity experiments are presented for the August 2011 tropical cyclone Irene and a March 2010 nor’easter that affected the New York City (NYC) metropolitan area. To “dissect” the storm tides and examine the role of various physical processes in controlling total water elevation, a series of model experiments was performed where one process was omitted for each experiment, and results were studied for eight different tide stations.
Sector (s) Energy, Water
End Users Energy and water utilities
Completion Date:
Ongoing
RISA Team:

CLIMAS

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Adaptation Strategies for Water and Energy Sectors in the Southwest
Principal Investigator: Bonnie Colby, George Frisvold, Holly Hartmann, Connie Woodouse; and Brett Fleck

This project examines potential climate change and variability adaptation strategies in the water and energy sectors in the Southwest, including how climate influences the market price of water. Researchers are developing tools, as well as guidelines for using these tools, to enhance water supply reliability. Researchers are developing improved methods for predicting and adapting to climate impacts for the generation of electricity.
Sector (s) Agriculture, Policy, Water
End Users Arizona Agribusiness Council, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Completion Date:
Ongoing
RISA Team:

CLIMAS

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Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change: Markets, Policy, Technology, and Information
Principal Investigator: George Frisvold, Bonnie Colby, and Todd Gaston

"This project examines mechanisms for adapting to climate variability and change that include a) the use of water markets by agriculture and urban water utilities, b) the use of weather and climate information by agricultural producers, c) the adoption of improved irrigation technologies, and d) agricultural and other policy responses."
Sector (s) Agriculture, Extreme Events, Water
End Users Agriculture and water end users in the Carolinas, tribal land managers
Completion Date:
2012
RISA Team:

CISA

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Advancing Regional and Local Capacity to Cope with Drought
Principal Investigator: Kirstin Dow, Dan Tufford, and Kirsten Lackstrom

This project engaged with a range of stakeholders to determine their decision-support needs, prioritize and initiate projects, develop ways to transfer tools and information to stakeholders, and identify opportunities and regional activities through which National Integrated Drought Information System can support those needs.
Sector (s) Air Quality, Extreme Events
End Users New Mexico State Univ.-Cooperative Extension, New Mexico Environment Dept.-Air Quality Bureau, New Mexico Dept. of Health-Border Health, NOAA-NWS Albuquerque, Santa Teresa, and El Paso Weather Forecast Offices, The Joint Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality in the Paso del Norte, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente, Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua, Gobierno Municipal de Ciudad Juarez, Border Partners, U.S. Army Research Laboratory-White Sands Missile Range, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Completion Date:
Ongoing
RISA Team:

CLIMAS

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Air Quality and Climate
Principal Investigator: David DuBois

This project investigates the connections between air quality, climate, and air mass transport patterns by tracking the frequencies, intensities, and locations of dust storms and wildfires over time. Additionally, researchers are supplying information to stakeholder agencies regarding the effects of climate on air quality. This involves an analysis of climate model output to help understand the potential effects of climate change in the regions surrounding the monitoring networks.
Sector (s) Coasts, Fisheries, Litigation, Marine Ecosystems
End Users Arctic coastal communities, commercial fisheries
Completion Date:
2013
RISA Team:

ACCAP

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Alaska Sea Ice Atlas
Principal Investigator: Sarah Trainor and John Walsh

The atlas will consist of digitally stored sea ice concentration data on a grid covering all Alaskan coastal waters to a distance of approximately 500 nautical miles from shore. The spatial resolution will be ~25 km, and the time-resolution will be monthly, spanning the period from the 1850s through 2010 with the allowance for subsequent updates. The accompanying statistical software will enable probabilistic depictions of ice coverage of various concentrations on specific calendar dates at user-specified locations. Mapping software will be included with the digital database. The software will include the capability for computation of areal totals of ice coverage, opening and closing dates for various shipping corridors, seasonal severity indices, and other measures of ice coverage to be determined through discussions with potential users. Software will also be included to interface the sea ice database with other datasets in the Alaska Ocean Observing Systems data archive.
Sector (s) Tourism
End Users Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, recreation professionals in Michigan
Completion Date:
2012
RISA Team:

GLISA

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An Assessment of the Implications of Climate Variability and Change for Michigan's Tourism Industry
Principal Investigator: Sarah Nicholls

This project assesses the potential impacts of climate variability and change on the winter sports and state parks in Michigan. Researchers interact directly with the winter sports industry and state park managers to identifiy vulnerabilites and options for adaptation.
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Adam Parris
Program Manager,
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Phone: (301) 734-1243
Fax: (301) 713-0518
adam.parris@noaa.gov


Caitlin Simpson
Program Manager,
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Phone: (301) 734-1251
Fax: (301) 713-0518
caitlin.simpson@noaa.gov