NOAA's Climate Program Office is the U.S. lead on the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP) - an innovative partnership with Mexico and Canada to enhance the development and delivery of climate services through trilateral collaboration - and CPO's Meredith Muth represented the partnership at the biannual Mexican Climate Outlook Forum on Nov. 12 - 14 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
The objectives of this visit was to discuss the development and use of seasonal forecasts with emphasis on the northern border region of Mexico with the United States of America, to interact with users of climate information in Mexico, and to identify opportunities for collaboration related to the NACSP Strategic Work Plan for 2013-2017.
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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