The Water Resources Risk Team will continuously engage with stakeholders and regional experts to co-produce actionable information for water system managers.
Through stakeholder engagement and training, the Water Team will help local stakeholders understand how their regional water cycle is changing in the current climate, and projected future climate scenarios. We will explain uncertainty and ranges of plausibility in regional precipitation extremes. Partnerships with governments and boundary organizations can build the Water Team’s capacity. Partners include federal science agencies (FEMA, EPA), the NOAA Water Initiative (including Sea Grant, National Weather Service, etc.), and non-profit organizations (the Water Research Foundation, U.S. Water Alliance, the Water Utility Climate Alliance, and the Association of Climate Change Officers). The Water Team will also work to ensure that its climate expertise is distributed equitably among vulnerable populations.
Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Great Lakes water levels can fluctuate to high and low extremes, causing access problems, erosion, and property damage. Source: NOAA/John Coggin.
The Water Resources Risk Team aims to help localities make wise investments that will safeguard public health, protect livelihoods, and yield the greatest return.
When water systems managers better understand climate risks and infrastructure vulnerabilities, they can more efficiently plan the magnitude of infrastructure investments to make and when. The Water Team envisions a future where the Great Lakes region enjoys a safe, plentiful water supply produced efficiently. Localities will experience flooding, but stormwater management systems will have the capacity to protect their citizens. The Great Lakes region can then share outputs and lessons learned to boost the resilience of other U.S. coastal communities.
Heavy rainfall events are becoming more common, which overwhelm stormwater infrastructure and exceed the capacity of storm sewers to handle runoff.