SCIPP RISA Publishes Three Reports on the Challenges of Communicating Weather and Climate Information 29 October 2020

SCIPP RISA Publishes Three Reports on the Challenges of Communicating Weather and Climate Information

Dr. William Howe, Climate Assessment Specialist for the CPO RISA Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) team, released three new studies on the challenges of communicating weather and climate information. He compared tweets of severe weather events between the National Weather Service and local television stations, examined the relationships between SCIPP’s primary stakeholders and sources of climate information, and conducted an experiment in which messages were framed differently to see how residents of Texas responded.

MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators 29 October 2020

MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators

The new web portal provides data on a number of indicators that track the status and trends of seven major marine ecosystems across the United States as well as a national synthesis.

MAPP Launches New Climate Sensitivity Task Force 29 October 2020

MAPP Launches New Climate Sensitivity Task Force

This new research investment will examine why some of the latest models seem to be more sensitive to greenhouse gas forcing.

Palau Faces Stronger Storms, Hotter Weather, and Threats to Ecosystems, Says New Pacific RISA-led Climate Change Report 27 October 2020

Palau Faces Stronger Storms, Hotter Weather, and Threats to Ecosystems, Says New Pacific RISA-led Climate Change Report

The report builds upon the Fourth National Climate Assessment, providing the Republic of Palau a closer look at the implications of climate variability and change for a wide range of sectors. 

Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough? 26 October 2020

Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough?

Millions of Americans have properties facing the threat of destructive floods, with a cost of up to $25,000 in damages for just one inch of floodwater. To manage that risk, people who live in areas designated as river flood zones often seek to raise their homes—but exactly how high to elevate their homes is both a critical and complicated decision.  

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