5 November 2013

SCIPP publishes climate change planning assessment report

SCIPP, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (a RISA team), has published a new report: South Central U.S. Hazard and Climate Change Planning Assessment.  The report looks at decision makers’ hazard planning practices, climate change planning practices and information and applications across SCIPP’s six-state region.

RISA scientist earns recognition for work at CLIMAS 21 October 2013

RISA scientist earns recognition for work at CLIMAS

The Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, N.M., which is dedicated to building economic and ecological resilience on western working landscapes, has recognized Dr. Jonathan Overpeck for his leadership of the Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS) RISA.

RISAs Participate in AGU Science Policy Meeting in Washington DC 29 July 2013

RISAs Participate in AGU Science Policy Meeting in Washington DC

Representatives from the RISA community participated in the meeting with the goal of moving beyond discussions to actually taking action to improve the science-policy interface. 

CCRUN RISA Contributes to Sea Level Rise Tools for Sandy Recovery 15 July 2013

CCRUN RISA Contributes to Sea Level Rise Tools for Sandy Recovery

NOAA, in partnership with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has created a set of map services to help stakeholders consider risks from future sea level rise in planning for reconstruction following Hurricane Sandy. The RISA program and the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) RISA team in New York City played major roles in the development of the two reports that informed the mapping tools.

NOAA-funded researchers on fostering knowledge networks for climate change adaption 3 July 2013

NOAA-funded researchers on fostering knowledge networks for climate change adaption

NOAA-funded researchers co-authored an article for Nature Climate Change on the importance of fostering knowledge networks for climate adaptation. The authors discuss how the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, one of eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments centers funded by NOAA’s Climate Program Office, are experimenting with this model.
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