2012: A Year of Achievement, Record-Setting Climate Trends 16 January 2013

2012: A Year of Achievement, Record-Setting Climate Trends

As a record warm and extreme year comes to a close, the NOAA Climate Program Office continued to make advances in climate observation, research, modeling, and decision support activities for society. Here were some of the highlights from 2012.
New Report Assessing Future Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion on the Carolinas 15 January 2013

New Report Assessing Future Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion on the Carolinas

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments RISA has released a new report on Assessing the Impact of Saltwater Intrusion in the Carolinas under Future Climatic and Sea Level Conditions.
NOAA RISA 2012 Annual Report now available online 15 January 2013

NOAA RISA 2012 Annual Report now available online

For over 15 years, NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program has been supporting research teams that conduct interdisciplinary and regionally relevant research to inform resource management, planning' and public policy. The program's new 2012 annual report contains a description of the major activities and accomplishments of the RISAs in 2012.
Petes Selected for Membership in the Global Young Academy 15 January 2013

Petes Selected for Membership in the Global Young Academy

Laura Petes, Ecosystem Science Advisor for the NOAA Climate Program Office, is a newly elected member of the Global Young Academy (GYA). The GYA works to impact global science policy by improving the effectiveness of science, including in developing countries, by building links between young scientists from different nations.
New Case Study: Extreme Events in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin 3 January 2013

New Case Study: Extreme Events in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

A newly released case study explores the wide-reaching impacts of four consecutive extreme weather events in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF) in Georgia, which cost taxpayers millions of dollars in damaged infrastructure, homes, and businesses and threatened water supply for ecological, agricultural, energy, and urban water users.

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