Upcoming Webinar Discussing Climate Change Preparedness in Mountain West Communities

  • 4 May 2021

Event date: 5/11/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

As communities in the Mountain West become increasingly aware of climate change risks (e.g., droughts, wildfires), they hope to share and seek opportunities to enhance climate adaptation, tasks that often need expert advice.

With this in mind, on May 11 at 2pm ET CPO’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) are hosting the webinar “Building partnerships for holistic climate change preparedness across the Mountain West.” The webinar is the fourth in a series that explores relevant research and applications topics for the “Managing Water Resources Along the Coast” community of practice sponsored jointly by COCA and SARP.

The speakers will include:

  • James Arnott, Executive Director of the Aspen Global Change Institute;
  • Benét Duncan, Managing Director of the Western Water Assessment;
  • Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor; and
  • Julie Vano, Research Director at the Aspen Global Change Institute.

In 2018, boundary spanners and researchers from the Aspen Global Change Institute, Western Water Assessment (a CPO RISA team) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research came together to accomplish various objectives with those vulnerable Mountain West communities in mind. The groups collaborated to support peer learning and expand access to and usage of tools and services that can support climate-resilient planning and implementation across the Mountain West region.

The first in-person gathering was planned for March 25-27, 2020, but the pandemic and other fissures across society not only altered these plans, but substantially changed the collaboration’s sense of what constitutes an extreme event. This has resulted in a widened field of view to understand preparedness to climate change and how we co-produce and deliver climate services for the water sector and beyond.

In this webinar, the panelists will share their journey and their “aha” moments—lessons that are relevant to climate preparedness whether you are in the mountains, along the coast, or elsewhere.

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Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA)

MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) supports targeted research to promote sustainable management, adaptation and resilience of the nation’s valuable fish stocks and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with the academic community, other federal agency scientists, non-governmental organizations and key fisheries stakeholders, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the 2015 NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, Fisheries Regional Action Plans, U.S. National Climate Assessment, and other sources.

ISSUE: Healthy and productive fisheries are a significant component of the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational marine fisheries generate over $200 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.8 million jobs annually. (FEUS 2016) Reliant and sustainable fisheries also support working waterfronts and coastal communities, provide opportunities for commerce, are tied to rich cultures, and help meet the growing demand for seafood across the U.S. and the world.

Climate variability and change are having increasing impacts on fish stocks, fisheries, and marine ecosystems in the U.S., and the impacts are expected to significantly increase with continued climate change. The changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, extreme events, changing currents and stratification, coastal precipitation, coastal inundation, etc.) directly and indirectly affect marine ecosystems including the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks that support economically important fisheries. Sustainable fisheries management requires an improved understanding of how climate, fishing, and other stressors interact to affect fish stocks (including their habitats and prey), fisheries and fishing‐dependent communities.

PROGRAM HISTORY: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology launched a partnership in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish or other species that support economically important fisheries and fishing communities. The partnership originated through the former Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and in 2021 was renamed the Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program as part of the OAR/CPO Adaptation Sciences Program.




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Contact Us


Jennifer Dopkowski
NOAA Research
Climate Program Office
P: (301) 734-1261
E: jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov

Roger Griffis
NOAA Fisheries
Office of Science and Technology

P: (301) 427-8134
E: roger.b.griffis@noaa.gov


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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.