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.

New Heat Maps Help Cities Prepare for Longer, More Intense Heat Waves 25 April 2019

New Heat Maps Help Cities Prepare for Longer, More Intense Heat Waves

By combining satellite and ground-based measurements, scientists have created new maps that identify which neighborhoods experience the most extreme heat on the hottest days of summer.

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, citizen scientists in Richmond, VA, the District of Columbia, and Baltimore, MD, gathered temperature data all over their cities on days when temperatures reached at least 95°F. The results, as outlined in a NOAA article from 2018, show that air temperatures in some areas of the city can be up to 17°F hotter than other areas during the same time of day. On days when local temperatures climb above 95°F, the additional heat emitted by paved and concrete structures can produce dangerously hot temperatures in some neighborhoods. 

Carolinas RISA hosts Climate Resilience Conference Oct 29-31 3 October 2018

Carolinas RISA hosts Climate Resilience Conference Oct 29-31

The conference supports on-the-ground resilience efforts, contributes to the development of a climate information network for the Carolinas, and provides a venue for practitioners, resource managers, and researchers to share and collaborate. 

Studying wildfires by flying directly through the smoke 24 July 2018

Studying wildfires by flying directly through the smoke

We already have the Hurricane Hunters, now make room for the Wildfire Hunters

As the 2018 wildfire season comes into full swing, scientists are participating in the first of many field experiments to measure and analyze the wildfire smoke that covers a significant portion of the United States each year. This project, called the Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol Absorption and Nitrogen (WE-CAN), will conduct 15 to 20 smoke-observation flights between late July and August out of Boise, Idaho.

Upgraded Web Tool Offers Improved Access to Local Climate Projections 10 July 2018

Upgraded Web Tool Offers Improved Access to Local Climate Projections

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit team has unveiled an enhanced version of its “Climate Explorer” — a free, web-based mapping and graphing tool providing decision-relevant climate data for every county in the contiguous United States. 

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