National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Extreme Weather
Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support Decisions
This NOAA SARP Funded project piloted a participatory process to identify locally relevant critical thresholds for extreme events, and use these thresholds to customize climate projections to community-specific needs. Identifying and better understanding critical thresholds for extreme events is key to developing effective community responses to climate change.
We are grateful have had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing team of project partners: SCIPP, CLIMAS, WWA, ISET-International and Atmos Research and four communities in the South Central U.S. Boulder, CO, Las Cruces, NM, Miami, OK and San Angelo, TX. Our team conducted 10 workshops to identify, refine, and discuss, extreme weather thresholds that matter to the communities.
The pilot communities received grant funding to take action and build resilience. The projects they selected include: developing a lesson on extreme weather and preparedness for 8th graders in Miami, OK and designing and installing a rainwater harvesting system in a local park to demonstrate city leadership, save money, water trees, and be better prepared for drought in San Angelo, TX. Las Cruces leveraged this plan and encouraged the Public Works department to provide $200,000 in matching funds for a community block grant to make a $400,000 investment in enhancing green infrastructure in the traditionally underserved neighborhood. For more details on this project you can:
- Read case studies for the cities -
- Review the Project Overview
- Watch Videos Describing the Project and some of the Project Outputs.
Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation - Vulnerability Assessment
We are collaborating with the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (USRT) to conduct a natural resource focused climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan for the Upper Snake River Watershed and the USRT's four member tribes. The project spans hundreds of miles from the Burns Paiute Tribe in eastern Oregon to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in eastern Idaho. We completed the collaborative climate change vulnerability assessment by work closely with our project partners the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Climate Impacts Group and tribal staff members to evaluate the climate related vulnerabilities of key species, habitats, and resources of shared concern to the four USRT Tribes. To see the results of this project check out:
- This Project Overview;
- The Executive Summary;
- The summary sheets for shared resources of concern: Big Sagebrush, Chinook Salmon, Chokecherries, Columbia Spotted Frog, Geyer's Willow, Jackrabbit, Mule Deer, and Riparian Habitats; or
- If you really want all the details, read the full report and the appendices.
1854 Treaty Authority Tribal Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan
Taking a collaborative approach and working closely with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center, the 1854 Treaty Authority and their three tribes, we completed a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan for the territory. This natural resource focused assessment combined local climate projects with local and traditional knowledge and expertise to identify differential vulnerability of key species and ecosystems that are important to the tribes. We then developed customized adaptation strategies for eleven focus species. The Executive Summary for the full project report is available here.
Climate Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula
The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (NOPRCD), Adaptation International, and Washington Sea Grant worked very closely on a project to assess the climate related vulnerabilities and develop and adaptation plan for the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The region's diverse landscape, which rises from the marine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound to the top of the Olympic Mountains, is a unique setting for an adaptation planning effort. This project involves extensive community engagement with more than 175 partners. The Project team conducted 7 workshops bringing together people from across the peninsula and developed state of the art probabilistic sea level rise and coastal flood risk projections for the region. Here are some of the project products:
- Climate Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula
- Climate Preparedness Brochure
- Sea Level Rise Risk Maps for:
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
We worked alongside the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to complete a climate change vulnerability assessment and develop an associated technical report. Collaborating with a variety of tribal departments and the Oregon Climate Change Research Center (OCCRI), we helped the Tribe identify the potential climate impacts to key items of concern The items of concern range from first foods like Salmon and Cous, to homes, critical facilities, and agriculture.
You can check-out the final results of this project in three different ways:
- Review the Summary Sheets for the Key Items of Concern
- Read the Technical Report and Append
- Watch a presentation our Founder - Sascha Petersen - gave on the project at the Pacific Northwest Climate Conference.
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Climate Adaptation Project
Adaptation International worked alongside the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment and develop an adaptation plan for the tribal community. Collaborating with Washington Sea Grant we tailored the project to the needs of the Tribe through the use of a rapid climate exposure assessment process and the selection of key areas of concern. The project included: maps of locally specific relative sea level rise scenarios; assessment of climate related vulnerabilities of key infrastructure and cultural assets; and some prioritized adaptation strategies to increase resilience. It has been great to work with a proactive community working to reduce their climate vulnerability.
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk Zone Maps