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)

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)

RISA Water Projects

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

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

Contact COCA

Adrienne Antoine
Program Manager, Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA)
P: (301) 734-1201
F: (301) 713-0518

Contact IRAP

Lisa Vaughan
Program Manager, International Research and Applications Project (IRAP)
P: 1 (301) 734-1277
F: 1 (301) 713-0518
E: lisa.vaughan@noaa.gov

Contact RISA

Dr. Chelsea Combest-Friedman
Social Scientist, Program Director (Acting)
P: (301) 734-1240

Caitlin Simpson
Program Manager
P: (301) 734-1251

Dr. Ariela Zycherman
Social Scientist, Program Manager
P: (301) 734-1244

Sean Bath*
Program Specialist (UCAR)
P: (301) 734-1294

Contact SARP

Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms
Program Manager, SARP- Extreme Events, SARP - Coping with Drought in Support of NIDIS, NIDIS/SARP Drought Risk Management Research Center
P: 1 (301) 734-1205
F: 1 (301) 713-0518
E: nancy.beller-simms@noaa.gov

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