Climate Risk Areas Initiative News

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.

CPO's RISA Program Announces New FY21 Funding Opportunities 11 November 2020

CPO's RISA Program Announces New FY21 Funding Opportunities

The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports the development of knowledge, expertise, and abilities of decision makers to plan and prepare for climate variability and change. Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for two competitions in FY21: 1) a competition for regional RISA teams in nine U.S. regions, and 2) a competition for collaborative planning activities in the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean.

Programs: RISA

LOIs Deadline: December 9, 2020| Full applications for Competition 2: February 8, 2021 | Full applications for Competition 1: February 16, 2021

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.

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