Atmospheric rivers drive western U.S. flood damages, says RISA-funded study 21 January 2020

Atmospheric rivers drive western U.S. flood damages, says RISA-funded study

The research recently published in Science Advances found that atmospheric rivers accounted for 84% of flood damages, or $42.6 billion, across the western United States from 1978-2017.

CPO's Northeast RISA launches special webinar series on adapting stormwater management for extreme precipitation 21 January 2020

CPO's Northeast RISA launches special webinar series on adapting stormwater management for extreme precipitation

As cities grow and rainfall patterns become more extreme, there is great need to tailor climate information to stormwater engineers.

Urban Northeast RISA team helps prepare one of world’s largest energy delivery systems for climate change impacts 21 January 2020

Urban Northeast RISA team helps prepare one of world’s largest energy delivery systems for climate change impacts

A new report evaluated present-day infrastructure, design specifications, and procedures against expected climate change to better understand its future impact on Con Edison’s energy delivery systems in NYC and Westchester County through the 21st century.

CPO-funded research develops first comprehensive Global Drought and Flood Catalogue 21 January 2020

CPO-funded research develops first comprehensive Global Drought and Flood Catalogue

The catalogue provides consistent estimates of large-scale drought and flood events over 1950-2016, their different characteristics, as well as long term risk.

Application for 2020 Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns now available 21 January 2020

Application for 2020 Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns now available

To reduce the risk of heat illness that arrives with hot days, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) encourages municipalities to gather data and produce a map of their community’s hottest neighborhoods. Pending availability of federal funds, NIHHIS intends to provide financial support to 20 cities where groups are willing to organize and run volunteer mapping campaigns, and then engage municipal leaders in addressing their issues of urban heat. The application for funding is now available.

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