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NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov 17 August 2021

NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov

The new maps will help decision makers and the public respond to the current drought, prepare for future drought conditions, and improve the nation’s long-term drought resilience.

What Caused a Quiet Hurricane Season in the North Pacific? 10 August 2021

What Caused a Quiet Hurricane Season in the North Pacific?

Tropical cyclones are one of the most intense storm systems on earth and nearly one-third of global tropical cyclones form in the western North Pacific. So why was the 2020 season quiet? A new MAPP-funded study helps answer this question.

Climate Scientists Predict Rapid Increase in High-Tide Flooding for Majority of U.S. Coastlines in the Next Decade 20 July 2021

Climate Scientists Predict Rapid Increase in High-Tide Flooding for Majority of U.S. Coastlines in the Next Decade

The combined effects of sea-level rise and natural fluctuations in tidal range are anticipated to cause tipping points in the frequency of high-tide flooding. These tipping points can produce acute impacts in underserved communities, who are often unprepared to deal with the consequences.

NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 13 July 2021

NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Chicago regional plan aims for 80 percent reduction by 2050

The 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, co-authored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the NOAA Climate Program Office, will serve a region which is home to nearly 9 million people in more than 280 cities, towns, and villages. It is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards over $1 million to improve climate information, services for extreme heat resilience 29 June 2021

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards over $1 million to improve climate information, services for extreme heat resilience

Five new projects will build on outcomes from NOAA’s community-led urban heat mapping campaigns

The projects will support decision making in city neighborhoods grappling with inequitably distributed impacts from the deadliest weather-related risk in the United States—extreme heat. 

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