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RISA geographer Laura Brewington contributes to land use book 19 August 2020

RISA geographer Laura Brewington contributes to land use book

In her lead contribution, she uses the island of Maui as a case study to investigate drivers of land use change as it describes the transitions that the island has experienced. Brewington used satellite imagery to visualize the changes, noting that agricultural land cover has decreased while built-up land cover has increased.

Intermountain West RISA & partners explore what public lands managers think about climate adaptation 19 August 2020

Intermountain West RISA & partners explore what public lands managers think about climate adaptation

Public lands managers are being asked to plan for ecosystem change due to climate shifts. They must decide among untested approaches such as resisting change, boosting resilience, or encouraging transformation. A new study, supported in part by CPO’s Western Water Assessment RISA team, explored managers’ views on the subject.

Alaska RISA launches Alaska Statewide Temperature Index Tool 11 August 2020

Alaska RISA launches Alaska Statewide Temperature Index Tool

The collaboratively built tool helps answer the common question asked of Alaskan climatologists: has it been particularly hot/cold lately? 

Urban Northeast RISA contributes to assessment of green infrastructure for reducing risk during Hurricane Sandy 14 July 2020

Urban Northeast RISA contributes to assessment of green infrastructure for reducing risk during Hurricane Sandy

As NOAA promotes green and natural infrastructure, it is helpful to understand the specific arrangements that provide co-benefits to communities.

Extreme temperature and precipitation impacts on Southeast agriculture differ by crop and growth stage, study says 30 June 2020

Extreme temperature and precipitation impacts on Southeast agriculture differ by crop and growth stage, study says

The effects of climate variability and change pose numerous threats to America’s agricultural industry, much of which is located in the southeastern United States.

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