Climate Risk Areas Initiative News

5 November 2013

SCIPP publishes climate change planning assessment report

SCIPP, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (a RISA team), has published a new report: South Central U.S. Hazard and Climate Change Planning Assessment.  The report looks at decision makers’ hazard planning practices, climate change planning practices and information and applications across SCIPP’s six-state region.

MAPP-funded research aims to advance understanding and ability to predict year-to-year climate variations   28 October 2013

MAPP-funded research aims to advance understanding and ability to predict year-to-year climate variations

NOAA’S Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program awarded $8.6 million to support 10 new multi-year projects in which university partners and federal researchers will incorporate real-world observations into climate models and improve processes in those models to enhance the nation's ability to visualize, understand, and predict year-to-year climate variations. Specifically, MAPP funding will support targeted improvements in the representation of clouds and sea ice, critical elements of the climate system, in climate models.

23 October 2013

MAPP Webinar

The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program broadcasted a session from the Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop hosted in parallel with the MAPP Climate Prediction Task Force meeting on the topic of the National Multi-Model Ensemble on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

MAPP supports PNAS-published research on risks of Amazon Rainforest dieback 21 October 2013

MAPP supports PNAS-published research on risks of Amazon Rainforest dieback

Supported by CPO’s Modeling, Analysis, Prediction and Projection (MAPP) program and the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have published a new study on the risk of Amazon Rainforest dieback in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new study suggests that the southern portion of the Amazon rainforest is at much higher risk of dieback due to stronger seasonal drying that projections made by the climate models used in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Physics Today publishes article from Arctic Report Card data 21 October 2013

Physics Today publishes article from Arctic Report Card data

Physics Today has just published the article "The Arctic shifts to a new Normal," authored by Martin Jeffries, James Overland and Donald Perovich.  This is an outgrowth of the 2012 release of the NOAA Arctic Report Card, a synthesis product supported by the Arctic Research Program of CPO.

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