Climate Monitoring Program funds 11 new projects to create new informational products describing our changing oceans and environment

The Climate Monitoring (CM) program supports research to develop and improve climate-related data sets, including the transformation of relevant observations into informative products, and the interpretation of such products to better detect, measure, and understand the current and changing state of the ocean, atmosphere, and Arctic at regional and global scales.

OOMD's wide range of observing platforms all contribute to the global ocean observing system used internationally. Credit: NOAA

In FY17, Climate Monitoring initiated 11 new awards totaling $3M in two areas of data set development that utilize observations from NOAA and others for:

  • Creating global and regional ocean-focused indicators or products to advance the monitoring and understanding of large-scale features and variability of the ocean, and contribute towards better understanding of the important two-way relationship between the world’s oceans and our changing climate; and
  • Developing and testing of indicators that provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the public and decisionmakers the status and trends of impactful physical changes of the atmosphere, ocean, and Arctic as part of a national Indicators system.

Through these awards, NOAA’s Climate Program Office will produce several new data products describing the changing environmental conditions that impact the US. Some of these products are aimed at advancing understanding, NOAA’s prediction enterprise, and knowledge of our changing climate. Other products are aimed to inform the public and others making decisions that may consider changes in our climate.

“Indices of climate variability and climate change using long-term physical and ecological ocean observations from the northern California Current” — Michael Banks, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) and William Peterson, Oceanographer and Senior Scientist, NOAA/Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

“20th Century Atlantic surface wind indices” — Mark A. Bourassa and Shawn Smith, The Florida State University.

“A tropical upper-ocean stratification data set for climate and hurricane research” — Gregory Foltz, NOAA/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Karthik Balaguru, Marine Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Collaborators: Bertrand Chapron and Nicolas Reul, Laboratoire Spatial et Interfaces Air-Mer, IFREMER, France, and Clement de Boyer Montegut, Laboratory of Oceanography from Space, IFREMER, France

“Interpolation of Subsurface Ocean Properties and Indices of Climate Variability” — Alexey Kaplan, Yochanan Kushnir, and Mark A. Cane, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

“ENSO Indices For a Changing Climate”  — John W. Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University
“Developing a Record Temperature Ratio Index for the U.S. and the Globe” — Anthony Arguez, Imke Durre, Karin Gleason, and Russell Vose, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information

“Development of a Western US Mountain Snowpack Climate Indicator”  — Amato Evan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

“Developing extreme event climate change indicators related to human thermal comfort”  — Cameron Lee and Scott Sheridan, Kent State University

“Enhanced Historical Monitoring of Snow Cover Across Northern Hemisphere Lands”  — David A. Robinson, Rutgers University

“An indicator for U.S. coastal extreme sea levels” — Thomas Wahl, University of Central Florida and Don P. Chambers, University of South Florida

“Arctic Indicators for Assessment and Enhanced Understanding” — John Walsh, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Collaborators: Uma Bhatt, Hajo Eicken, Regine Hock, Vladimir Romanovsky University of Alaska Fairbanks

2018 Federal Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

(LOIs) for all three competitions should be received through email by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2018

Full Applications

Full applications for the RISA competition must be received by 5:00pm on March 5, 2018.

Full applications for COCA/RISA and IRAP competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2018.

Applications received after these dates and times will not be considered for funding.

Applications must be submitted via For applications submitted through, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by, which includes the date and time received.

For applicants without internet access,

please contact the CPO Grants Manager Diane Brown by mail at NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 to obtain an application package. Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response. Hard copy submissions will be date and time stamped when they are received in the Climate Program Office.

Emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

Competitions/Information Sheets

Competition 1: RISA – South Central Region

Contact: Meredith Muth
Applicants should consider tackling interconnections among multiple issues relevant to a region as opposed to an individual project addressing site-specific analysis. Climate will have implications for a myriad of interconnected management and planning decisions in the region. From their own research and interactions with decision makers, applicants should identify the most important climate-sensitive issues and management challenges for their proposed region. Special consideration should be given to those communities or stakeholders in the regions for whom there is currently less direct engagement with climate information science and service providers/entities. Applicants should also consider NOAA mission-oriented topics that could benefit from the work of a RISA who could integrate information from and work across multiple issues. RISA activities should address a number of the societal challenges identified in NOAA’s Next-Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP): i) climate impacts on water resources; ii) coasts and climate resilience; iii) sustainability of marine ecosystems; and iv) changes in the extremes of weather and climate. These efforts support NOAA’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as outlined in the NGSP. We do not, however, anticipate that a proposed RISA would work solely in these areas.

Competition 2: COCA/RISA – Pilot on Coastal Climate Extension Competition

Contact: Adrienne Antoine / Lisa Vaughan
The COCA and RISA programs are collaborating on a two-year pilot project to support and expand coastal climate extension within the RISA network. For FY18, the COCA program is soliciting proposals for coastal climate extension specialists in up to two RISA coastal regions (Mid-Atlantic and South Central).

Competition 3: IRAP - Decision Support Research on Climate-Sensitive Health Risks

Contact: Lisa Vaughan
IRAP will consider proposals for interdisciplinary, applied science, stakeholder engagement, and capacity building that advances the integration of weather and climate research, assessments and services in practical risk management settings related to health risks that affect US interests at home and abroad. Health risks of particular interest include: temperature-related mortality and illness; infectious and vector borne diseases; flooding due to extreme events such as hurricanes; air quality impacts; water and food-borne illnesses; nutrition, and food and water distribution. Specifically, IRAP will consider proposals related to the following: 1) Decision Support Research and Application on Climate-Sensitive Health Risks in Transboundary Regions of the United States, in Partnership with the NOAA/CSI Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment Program; and 2) Developing and Using Subseasonal and Seasonal Global Health Risk Maps, Prediction Tools and Information to Anticipate and Manage Climate-Sensitive Health Risk.

Where to Submit

Application packages:
Visit and
click on Apply for Grants. You may also directly view the listing here.

Federal Funding Opportunity Number:

Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
Diane Brown
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.

For Federal Investigators

Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the FFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for Federal investigators should be received by the Competition Manager by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2018 for all competitions.

Full applications for the RISA competition must be received by 5:00pm on March 2, 2018. Full applications for COCA/RISA and IRAP competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2018.


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 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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