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SCIPP and USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub Release 2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum Assessment Report 14 June 2019

SCIPP and USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub Release 2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum Assessment Report

This recently released report summarizes a multi-agency regional forum on wildfire and a project to learn lessons from unprecedented wildfires in the region during 2016 and 2018.

Regional Climate Assessment led by California/Nevada RISA team Integrated into Local Planning Articles 13 June 2019

Regional Climate Assessment led by California/Nevada RISA team Integrated into Local Planning Articles

Researchers from the California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP), a NOAA RISA team, led the San Diego Regional Climate Assessment. The American Planning Association recently incorporated their results into a new report.

Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati 30 May 2019

Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Pacific RISA fostered an inspiring conversation between His Excellency and representatives from Hawai’i state and local government, international consulates, NGOs, and academia.

Viewpoint article encourages considerations of climate justice for coastal zone management 16 May 2019

Viewpoint article encourages considerations of climate justice for coastal zone management

Risa grantees recently published an opinion paper in Climate and Development. The article describes how rural, minority, and impoverished coastal communities who rely heavily on ecosystem services for protection, disproportionately face the burden of sea level rise.

NOAA Climate Program Office Scientists Receive Two Awards 9 November 2018

NOAA Climate Program Office Scientists Receive Two Awards

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) recognized two individuals for their outstanding work on October 31, 2018. Chelsea Combest-Friedman received the Outstanding Employee Award, and Claudia Nierenberg was presented with this year’s Silver Sherman Award.

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