NOAA/CPO supports interdisciplinary research, capacity building and decision support tool development in the Caribbean 4 June 2014

NOAA/CPO supports interdisciplinary research, capacity building and decision support tool development in the Caribbean

The first workshop of the NOAA International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) was held May 29-30, 2014, in conjunction with the Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CARICOF).  The May 28 CARICOF was organized by NOAA, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners.

IRAP funds IRI, University of Arizona climate project 28 May 2014

IRAP funds IRI, University of Arizona climate project

Funded by CPO's International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) and U.S. AID, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the University of Arizona are teaming up to address climate vulnerability in the world's most at-risk areas.

International Research Institute for Climate & Society and U. of Arizona Team Up for Climate 27 May 2014

International Research Institute for Climate & Society and U. of Arizona Team Up for Climate

IRI and the University of Arizona address climate vulnerability in most at-risk areas of the world in new project.

The Caribbean, Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa are three regions known to be extremely vulnerable to climate variability and change, particularly to droughts, extreme weather events and stresses on food production, water resources and coastal areas. A new five-year project jointly led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the University of Arizona aims to strengthen climate resilience in these regions using strategies in the sectors of water resources, hazard risk management and coastal planning and management.

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Project Website Launched to Share Information with Researchers and Stakeholders about the IRAP: Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience 23 May 2014

Project Website Launched to Share Information with Researchers and Stakeholders about the IRAP: Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience

The IRAP Project website was launched this month as a means to provide access to background information, vulnerability and impact assessments, prototype maps and visualization tools, descriptions and summaries of project events and opportunities for partnerships.  The information can be found at http://irap.iri.columbia.edu

 

 
 
NOAA/CPO Climate and Societal Interaction Program Awards Funding to Initiate the International Research and Applications (IRAP) Program 21 May 2014

NOAA/CPO Climate and Societal Interaction Program Awards Funding to Initiate the International Research and Applications (IRAP) Program

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". 

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