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Atmospheric rivers drive western U.S. flood damages, says RISA-funded study 21 January 2020

Atmospheric rivers drive western U.S. flood damages, says RISA-funded study

The research recently published in Science Advances found that atmospheric rivers accounted for 84% of flood damages, or $42.6 billion, across the western United States from 1978-2017.

CPO's Northeast RISA launches special webinar series on adapting stormwater management for extreme precipitation 21 January 2020

CPO's Northeast RISA launches special webinar series on adapting stormwater management for extreme precipitation

As cities grow and rainfall patterns become more extreme, there is great need to tailor climate information to stormwater engineers.

Urban Northeast RISA team helps prepare one of world’s largest energy delivery systems for climate change impacts 21 January 2020

Urban Northeast RISA team helps prepare one of world’s largest energy delivery systems for climate change impacts

A new report evaluated present-day infrastructure, design specifications, and procedures against expected climate change to better understand its future impact on Con Edison’s energy delivery systems in NYC and Westchester County through the 21st century.

CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region 14 January 2020

CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region

The book aims to create a resource for regional land and resource managers and researchers that synthesizes the latest research on the historical and current status of landscape-scale drivers (including anthropogenic activities) and ecosystem processes, future projected changes of each, and the effects of changes on important resources in the region.

Mapping weather, water, ice, and climate information providers in Polar Regions: who are they and who do they serve? 14 January 2020

Mapping weather, water, ice, and climate information providers in Polar Regions: who are they and who do they serve?

The provision and use of weather, water, ice and climate information plays a key role in ensuring that polar activities are conducted as safely as possible and can contribute to a reduction of the environmental footprint of human activities.

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