Case Studies: Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience

NOAA’s Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) funded a research project that pilots a new approach to identifying extreme event thresholds in four communities in South Central United States.

The case studies focused on:

  • A participatory process to develop locally-relevant climate projections based on thresholds for extreme weather events the communities
    identified as most important.
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience actions designed to address these extreme weather concerns.
  • Strategeic use of on-going efforts to build on more than one aspect of resilience. 

Read the case studies:

Boulder, CO    |   Las Cruces, NM    |   Miami, OK    |   San Angelo, TX


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Adaptation International, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (A NOAA RISA team), Climate Impact Assessment for the Southwest (A NOAA RISA team), the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, and ATMOS Research.

More information:  

Review the Project Overview

Review the full Project Report

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Lead, Climate Program Office Water Risk Team AND Climate and Societal Interactions - Water
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences

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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.