CPO-supported publication highlights the importance of interdisciplinary research for improving regional models of relative sea level change 27 July 2015

CPO-supported publication highlights the importance of interdisciplinary research for improving regional models of relative sea level change

New research synthesis supported by NOAA’s Climate Program Office has been published in Current Climate Change Reports. The paper by Kopp et al., "Geographic Variability of Sea-Level Change" summarizes the myriad components and processes of the earth system - both geological and climatological - that contribute to regional relative sea level.

National Integrated Heat Health Information System Workshop 20 July 2015

National Integrated Heat Health Information System Workshop

From July 28-30, Climate Program Office Director Wayne Higgins and CPO Climate and Health Lead Juli Trtanj  are particiating in a workshop on the development of climate services for a National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS).

New center to advance drought research, preparedness 25 June 2015

New center to advance drought research, preparedness

The CPO-sponsored National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) in June 2015 has funded the Drought Risk Management Research Center (DRMRC), at the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The center will focus on research to improve drought monitoring, impacts assessment and risk management in close partnership with NIDIS and its federal, state, tribal and local partners, domestically and internationally. These efforts will advance preparedness for drought events and contribute to mitigation of its impacts.

Semi-arid regions may be key to understanding and predicting variations in the land CO2 sink 10 June 2015

Semi-arid regions may be key to understanding and predicting variations in the land CO2 sink

Terrestrial ecosystems pull about one-fourth of anthropogenic CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere per year, serving as a sink for CO2 since industrialization.

CPO leads NOAA engagement for a White House public-private partnership on Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD) 9 June 2015

CPO leads NOAA engagement for a White House public-private partnership on Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD)

The Climate Program Office is working closely with USAID and OSTP on the U.S.-initiated public-private partnership on Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD), which was originally announced by President Obama during the September 2014 UN Climate Summit.

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