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Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain 21 January 2021

Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain

Widespread fire danger and fire activity during active fire seasons can overwhelm fire suppression resource capacity, limiting the effectiveness of managing fires and potentially increasing fire impacts.

Planning Ahead for Climate Change Protects Fish and Fisheries with Few Trade-offs, Study Says 21 January 2021

Planning Ahead for Climate Change Protects Fish and Fisheries with Few Trade-offs, Study Says

As our climate warms, some marine species are moving northward, diving deeper or shifting their distribution in search of cooler waters, affecting fisheries and fishing communities. But uncertainty regarding whether the benefits of proactively planning for these shifts outweigh the costs has remained a barrier for some to incorporate climate change impacts into ocean plans.  

South Central RISA Study Finds their Climate Hazard Assessment Tool has High Utility 12 January 2021

South Central RISA Study Finds their Climate Hazard Assessment Tool has High Utility

Many climate decision support tools have been developed to support a variety of sectors and scales, but evaluation of such tools has only recently begun to take place. The study advances our knowledge of climate decision support tool utility evaluation and demonstrates the impact of a tool within planning contexts.

Western Water Assessment Releases New Snowpack Data User Guide for the Mountain West 12 January 2021

Western Water Assessment Releases New Snowpack Data User Guide for the Mountain West

The guide provides foundational information about snowpack monitoring and data in the Rocky Mountain West to fill a long-standing stakeholder information need.

2021 RISA Funding: Competition 1 Webinar (1/12) and Competition 2 Guidance 5 January 2021

2021 RISA Funding: Competition 1 Webinar (1/12) and Competition 2 Guidance

The webinar will cover evaluation, small-grants, and other questions on competition 1 based on the letters of intent. While there will be no additional webinar for competition 2, general guidance is provided in bullet points form.
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