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Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada 18 November 2020

Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada

Since the start of the 21st century California and Nevada have suffered extreme wildland fires and droughts that have caused devastating impacts to ecosystems and society. A common feature of these events has been very high evaporative demand—the “thirst” of the atmosphere—which has largely been driven by increased air temperatures caused by anthropogenic climate change

Study Uses Novel Approach to Assess Extreme Event Impacts in Alaska 18 November 2020

Study Uses Novel Approach to Assess Extreme Event Impacts in Alaska

The study led by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), a CPO RISA team, reveals multiple weather-related impacts from extreme events in Alaska and suggests the frequency and timing of these extreme events will change in the decades to come.

New Report: Guam Faces More Heat, Stronger Storms, Water Shortages from Climate Change 9 November 2020

New Report: Guam Faces More Heat, Stronger Storms, Water Shortages from Climate Change

Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to Guam’s economy annually, according to the report.

SCIPP RISA Publishes Three Reports on the Challenges of Communicating Weather and Climate Information 29 October 2020

SCIPP RISA Publishes Three Reports on the Challenges of Communicating Weather and Climate Information

Dr. William Howe, Climate Assessment Specialist for the CPO RISA Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) team, released three new studies on the challenges of communicating weather and climate information. He compared tweets of severe weather events between the National Weather Service and local television stations, examined the relationships between SCIPP’s primary stakeholders and sources of climate information, and conducted an experiment in which messages were framed differently to see how residents of Texas responded.

MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators 29 October 2020

MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators

The new web portal provides data on a number of indicators that track the status and trends of seven major marine ecosystems across the United States as well as a national synthesis.

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