The Climate Program Office (CPO) is releasing its 2016 Annual Report. The report gives an overview of CPO's achievements in FY16 and highlights the great work done by the Office's Divisions and Programs to advance scientific understanding of climate and improve society's ability to plan and respond.
The demand for environmental information continues to increase across all sectors as people, businesses, and communities grapple with the growing impacts of unusual or extreme weather and climate conditions. Thoughtful, well-informed plans and preparations are required to seize opportunities, minimize risks and vulnerabilities, and hence address these challenges.
CPO is uniquely poised at the intersection of NOAA’s science and service missions, the climate research community, and the broader climate enterprise, which enables it to lead a research agenda and forge partnerships that enhance society's ability to make effective decisions.
To download a PDF of the report, visit: cpo.noaa.gov/sites/cpo/2016CPOAnnualReport_web.pdf
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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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