IRAP PIs to brief USAID

  • 17 November 2014
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Lisa Goddard of IRI and Jim Buizer of the University of Arizona will speak at an upcoming session of USAID's Adaptation Community meetings. The presentation "Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience" will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 4-5:30pm at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The presentation abstract is as follows:

The impacts of climate variability and change are broad - this century has already seen a million deaths and $1.7 trillion in losses due to the interaction of society and geophysical phenomena, primarily extreme weather. Climate-related impacts are increasingly affecting communities in the developing world, which makes the complex challenge of international development even more challenging. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University and the University of Arizona (UA) have joined forces with communities and institutions in the Caribbean, South Asia and West Africa to develop relevant, usable climate information and connect it to real decisions and development challenges. Through a 5-year (2013-2018) program, jointly funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development, this team is helping these regions build resilience to the impacts of climate on water supplies, food production, and other important sectors.

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