Through a highly competitive proposal process, NOAA’s International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) awarded funding to the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) for a project entitled “IRAP: Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience". Funding for this effort will also be provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), given the role of climate and its impacts in many development challenges, including water resource management, and risk management and extreme events. The IRI will co-lead this effort with the University of Arizona and institutions in each of the project’s regional foci to conduct multi-disciplinary research, product development based on substantive engagement with decision makers and other stakeholders, and training and capacity building to build resilience through sustained, reliable and timely climate services rooted within the regions. The Co-Directors of this project, which will be managed through a cooperative agreement with NOAA, are Dr. Lisa Goddard, Director of the IRI, and Mr. Jim Buizer, Deputy Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. For questions, please contact Lisa Farrow Vaughan, IRAP Program Manager, at Lisa.Vaughan@noaa.gov.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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