NOAA Awards Over $15 Million for Climate Science, Community Resilience

Published: October 25, 2022

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AC4 - Fire and Smoke at the Wildland Urban Interface

CPO’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4) Program is announcing 9 new 3-year and 2 new 2-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) that aim to increase our understanding of emission factor of fires and the composition and chemical transformation of wildfire smoke components from the wildland-urban interface. The selected projects total $6.3M in grants.

Read the announcement | Visit AC4

AdSci - Complex Fiscal Pathways for Climate Adaptation in Rural Areas Across the U.S.

For Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), the Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, formerly the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program and the AdSci program jointly solicited proposals for research projects exploring fiscal pathways for climate adaptation in rural areas across the U.S. The goal of the collaboration is to support innovative social science research that can support successful adaptation across the nation. The selected projects total $1.1M in grants.

Read the announcement | Visit CAP/RISA / AdSci

CAP/RISA - Collaborative Planning Activities in the Upper Northeast and Appalachia

CPO’s Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, formerly the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, is announcing three new 1-year activity projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The award funds multi-collaborator workshops or other innovative planning activities in the subregions of the Upper Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, western Massachusetts, and Upstate New York) and Appalachia (West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and mountain areas of western North Carolina, western Virginia, and southern Ohio). These activities will identify and examine important issues in the regions related to social and economic dimensions of climate variability and change. The competitively selected projects total $279,317 in cooperative agreements.

Read the announcement | Visit CAP/RISA

CAP/RISA - Teams in Continuing Regions (West and Southwest)

CPO’s Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, formerly the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, is announcing two new 5-year awards for CAP/RISA teams in continuing regions in Fiscal Year 2022. The awards will advance equitable adaptation in the West and Southwest regions through sustained regional research and community engagement. CAP/RISA teams focus on multiple climate and society issues, and develop a set of interconnected projects that build the capacity of regional partners to act on those issues.

In addition to their core awards, CAP/RISA is funding small grant components to better connect CAP/RISA climate expertise with community organizations serving frontline and underserved communities. The competitively selected CAP/RISA teams total $12,177,656 in cooperative agreements over the five-year period.

Read the announcement | Visit CAP/RISA

CAP/RISA - Teams in New Regions (U.S. Caribbean)

CPO’s Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, formerly the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, is announcing one 5-year CAP/RISA team in a new region in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The award will advance equitable adaptation in the U.S. Caribbean region through sustained regional research and community engagement. CAP/RISA teams focus on multiple climate and society issues, and develop a set of interconnected projects that build the capacity of regional partners to act on those issues. The competitively selected CAP/RISA team totals $6,037,468 in a cooperative agreement over the five-year period.

Read the announcement | Visit CAP/RISA

COM/MAPP/CSI - Improving Climate Understanding and Information for Marine Sanctuary Management Planning

CPO’s Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM) Program, in collaboration with the Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) Program and Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division is announcing seven new three-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) that aim to support the management of Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments in a changing climate. These projects will improve the understanding of climate variability and change on protected aquatic resources, and improve information for climate considerations in Sanctuary condition reports and management planning. Projects will develop literature and understanding of climate variability and change in the sanctuaries system, improve observational datasets and analyses, apply models toward novel problems in the Sanctuary system, and develop and deliver information products and resources to Sanctuaries managers.

The competitively-selected projects total $3.7 million in awards over three years1. This set of funded projects is the result of the work of the CPO Marine Ecosystem Risk Team, and is a major achievement for the CPO Risk Area Initiative.

Read the announcement | Visit COM | MAPP | CSI

CVP - Joint Competition to Advance Process Understanding and Representation of Precipitation in Models

CPO’s Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) Program in partnership with NOAA’s National Weather Service - Office of Science and Technology (OSTI) Modeling Division are announcing ten new three-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) that aim to improve the understanding of precipitation processes and the representation of precipitation in weather and climate models. The competitively selected projects total $7.78 million in grants.

Read the announcement | Visit CVP | OSTI

CVP/TPOS - Observation and Modeling Studies in Support of Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II

CPO’s Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) Program is announcing eight new three-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) that aim to build upon and refine the current scientific understanding of the equatorial Pacific climate system. The tropical Pacific region is important to climate variability due to its role in El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the teleconnections to the United States’s weather and climate. Outcomes from the selected projects will be used to further the development of a possible field campaign(s) in this region. The competitively selected 8 projects total $5.57 million, including $4.33 million in grants and $1.24 million in other awards.

Read the announcement | Visit CVP

ERB - Atmospheric Aerosols and their Potential Roles in Solar Climate Intervention Methods

CPO’s Earth’s Radiation Budget (ERB) Program is announcing 6 new 3-year projects in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 that aim to improve the model representation of aerosols and their roles in solar radiation management. The competitively selected projects total $4.2 million in grant awards.

Read the announcement | Visit ERB

NIDIS/CWD - Coping with Drought - Building Tribal Drought Resilience

CPO’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program is announcing five new 2-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), focused on working with tribal nations to build tribal drought resilience. The competitively selected projects total $1,927,801 in cooperative agreements.

Read the announcement | Visit NIDIS

NIDIS/CWD - Coping with Drought - Ecological Drought

CPO’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program is announcing seven new 2-year projects in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), focused on research and tools to improve our understanding and management of drought risk in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform more deliberate and expanded decision-making that supports sustainable, healthy, and resilient ecosystems. The competitively selected projects total $3,847,022, including $3,275,135 in cooperative agreements and $571,887 in other awards.

Read the announcement | Visit NIDIS

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today a total annual award of $15.2 million to support 63 new, innovative, and impactful projects that will improve our nation’s resilience at a critical time in the fight against the climate crisis.

“The window of time to avoid costly, deadly, and irreversible future climate impacts is quickly dwindling,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to bold action and these new awards from NOAA are critical economic and research investments that will improve data, tools, and resources needed to mitigate the impacts of climate change while building better, more resilient communities across America.”

Over the next year, universities, other research institutions, and agency partners across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will conduct newly-funded projects in partnership with NOAA programs, laboratories and research centers. For example, this is the first time Climate Adaptation Partnerships/Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CAP/RISA) is funding a full five-year team in the Caribbean. CPO is committed to funding these awards for three years, and in some cases up to five years, conditional on appropriations.

“These grants will spur the knowledge and innovation needed to tackle the climate crisis which is a top priority for the Department of Commerce and NOAA,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “These new NOAA investments are essential to improve understanding of climate change, how to mitigate increasing impacts, and bolster community resilience. All of these substantive steps work together towards our goal of building a Climate-Ready Nation.”

CPO's funding investments 2016-2022

CPO’s peer-reviewed competitive funding process ensures that proposals chosen to receive funding meet high standards of scientific rigor, quality, relevance to societal challenges, NOAA’s mission and equity. Research inside and outside of NOAA is supported. These projects conducted by external partners expand the reach of NOAA’s mission and the frontiers of scientific inquiry. While CPO funds new projects each fiscal year, CPO continues to support multi-year initiatives funded in previous years.

"CPO funds research to advance climate science and climate adaptation, as well as climate engagement, education, assessment, and integrated information systems," said Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office. “These investments in climate science lead to credible and actionable information to enhance our nation’s resilience.”

CPO’s annual awards adapt to meet changing climate challenges. This year, the awards address several new and urgent priorities including offering a competition that focuses on Tribal Nations for the first time through the National Integrated Drought Information System. Additionally, this year marks the first round of grants awarded as part of the Earth's Radiation Budget program.

Some of the new funding will also support research investments with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to further their climate goals. The investment in sanctuaries contributes to the America the Beautiful initiative by advancing climate-informed management of sanctuaries and contributing to the effective conservation of 30% of U.S. waters by 2030.

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NOAA Awards Over $15 Million for Climate Science, Community Resilience

NOAA'S Climate Program Office (CPO) announced today a total award amount of over $15 million to support 63 innovative and impactful projects that will improve our nation's resilience at a critical time in the fight against the climate crisis.

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