A Focus on Water Resources

Throughout our history and especially in the last decade, the CSI Division has designed and led a number of activities directed at resilience in the water resource realm, building upon and expanding the impact of our grants investments. Our unique interdisciplinary perspective, coming from the NOAA Climate Program Office, is targeted at the intersection of (a) new climatological and meteorological findings, forecasts, and facts and (b) people and their use of NOAA products and services for decision making related to risk management, adaptation to future events, and anticipated growth. 

Our focus and resulting work on too much; too little; and the quality of water, has been enhanced by working directly with researchers, decision makers such as water utility managers, scientists, and intermediary organizations that represent needs of disparate users of climate information. Our efforts include a focus on water equity issues in order to provide everyone with the opportunity to have clean, safe, affordable drinking water and wastewater services. Listed below are recent water-focused special studies and foci of this Division.

Research within CPO/Products:

Water Risk Team

Strengthening the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities to Floods in the Great Lakes Region (A Risk Team focused on a 5 year effort originating in NOAA’s Climate Program Office)

Briefing Sheet

Wastewater in the Great Lakes Region Story Map

Water Resources Dashboard

Access weather, water, and climate data.

Briefing Sheet

Showcasing Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation: Experiences from the Water Sector to Empower Other Sectors and Communities

An Eight-Part Webinar Series Hosted by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | November 2021 - February 2022

Water Utility Study

Filling the Gaps: Climate and Weather Information for Small and Medium-size Water Utilities (Study 2019-2021 directed by NOAA CPO and NESDIS with Water Research Foundation and US Water Alliance with funding from the NOAA Water Initiative)

Our Changing Precipitation Webinar Series

A conversation on the science of precipitation and planning for the future | September-October 2021

RISA Water Projects

Regional initiatives within the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program.

Contact oar.cpo.risa@noaa.gov for more information.

Water Utilities and Climate: A Background on the effect of climate on water, wastewater, and stormwater services.

Bhaskaran Subramanian, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences
P: (301) 660-4630
C: (443) 523-7461

Lisa Vaughan
Program Manager, International Adaptation Science
P: (301) 734-1277
F: (301) 713-0518

Jennifer Dopkowski
Program Manager, Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA)
P: (301) 734-1261

Andrea Miralles-Barboza
Knauss Fellow
P: (301) 778-8059

Amanda Speciale
Program Specialist
P: (410) 212-8742


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