Climate Risk Areas Initiative News

NOAA unveils expanded and enhanced Climate Explorer 30 January 2020

NOAA unveils expanded and enhanced Climate Explorer

The new version aims to improve support for local planners, policy leaders, and facility and resource managers by giving people a way to explore conditions projected for their locations in the coming decades.

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.

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.

CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region 14 January 2020

CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region

The book aims to create a resource for regional land and resource managers and researchers that synthesizes the latest research on the historical and current status of landscape-scale drivers (including anthropogenic activities) and ecosystem processes, future projected changes of each, and the effects of changes on important resources in the region.

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