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NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards $27.7M to advance scientific understanding, improve predictions, and enhance resilience to extreme events

AC4 Supports Thirteen Projects Focusing on the Formation of Aerosols from Biogenic Emissions in FY18

NOAA’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) Program is funding thirteen new projects including $1.7 million initially and $5 million over three years following a highly competitive funding competition.

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Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA): Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate

FY18 COCA and RISA Partnerships on Coastal Climate Research and Extension

NOAA’s Coastal and O cean Climate Applications (COCA) program competitively selected two new projects in FY18 for a total of $800,000 over two years.

To support NOAA’s vision of resilient ecosystems, communities, and economies, the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program supports interdisciplinary research where scientists work with coastal decision-makers, resource managers, and stakeholders to address weather- and climate- related challenges. The goal is to support coastal decision making in a changing climate.

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International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) Announces New FY18 Projects

In order to inform planning and prevention focused on weather and climate-sensitive health risks to U.S. economic, development, scientific and safety interests at home and abroad, NOAA’s International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) selected six new two-year projects following a highly competitive funding competition, totaling $1.5 million. These awards focus on the subseasonal and seasonal timescale, and directly support the work of 33 people (including scientists, staff, postdocs and grad students) and 13 institutions. In addition, these projects advance the work of over 20 collaborating institutions concerned with climate and health at the local, national and international levels.

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Addressing Key Issues in CMIP6-era Earth System Models


NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program is funding nine new CMIP6 projects (14 grants, three other awards) including $2.1 million over the first year and $5.24 million over the three years of the projects.

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NOAA Climate Test Bed – Advancing NOAA’s Operational Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction Capability

NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program is funding seven new Climate Test Bed projects (six grants, seven other awards) for an initial $1.03 million and a $2.04 million over the life of the project (two years).

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Advancing Earth System Monitoring

NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program is funding five new monitoring projects (six grants, two other awards) including $667,000 initially and $2.24 million over three years following a highly competitive funding competition.

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Coping with Drought in Support of the National Integrated Drought Information System

NOAA’s Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) is announcing four new one-year projects that aim to expand the capabilities of the National Integrated Drought Information System’s (NIDIS) regional Drought Early Warning Systems. The competitively selected projects total $673 thousand for grants.

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NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO), a part of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has awarded $27.7 million for 87 new projects. The projects, ranging from advancing the understanding of Arctic sea ice variability to building resilience to extreme events, will be conducted by universities and other research institutions, alongside other federal agencies in close collaboration with NOAA.

The new projects are designed to improve our ability to describe our changing environment; to advance understanding, modeling, and prediction of the Earth system; and to foster effective decision making.

Some anticipated outcomes include innovative approaches toward drought communications; the assessment of climate, health, and migration in the Pacific Islands; improved predictions of wildfires and assessments of their impacts; and an improved understanding of air-sea interactions.

The funds will be distributed over the life of the projects. All awards were selected in an open, competitive process. With these new awards, CPO expands the breadth and scope of NOAA’s climate research, products, and services, and offers opportunities for NOAA to collaborate with outside experts and other stakeholders.

“CPO’s mission is to foster the application of climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and more to understand Earth’s climate system and assist in risk management and adaptation efforts,” said Wayne Higgins, Director of the Climate Program Office. “Now, as a result of the new grants, our scientists will continue to better understand Earth’s climate system, study the impacts of extreme-weather events, improve models, and assess climate impacts in order to inform decision-makers and build more resilient communities for the public.”

CPO manages competitive research programs that fund climate science and observations, modeling improvements, assessments, decision-support research, transition of research into operational services, and capacity-building activities in four complementary areas: observations and monitoring; process understanding and analysis; modeling, predictions, and projections; and societal interactions for informed decision making. While each program area has its own focus, together they demonstrate NOAA’s commitment to advancing integrated climate research and enhancing society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and climate change over different timescales.

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