National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Extreme Weather Thresholds
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.
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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:
Building Resilience Everywhere
Adaptation International is grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the following communities on their resilience efforts.