Climate Services are desired by a variety of stakeholders, to improve access to climate data, information, and expertise, and to inform climate-related decisions.
Southwest Climate Services
This program is specifically designed to (a) provide data and information, (b) engage stakeholders – identify and respond to their needs and/or co-produce relevant information and knowledge necessary for informed decision making, and (c) communicate climate research results and forecasts in order to raise awareness and build capacity for the use of climate data, information, forecasts and projections (i.e., “climate science 101 for citizens”). The geographic emphasis is the U.S. Southwest, especially Arizona and New Mexico. Outcomes of the program include the use of climate forecasts and drought status information in resource management decision-making, and requests for consultations (e.g., with private-sector engineering and services firms), and requests for further information. The program was supported by approximately $175,000 in grant funds in 2012.
Transborder Climate Services
Climate and Environmental Knowledge Services are desired by a variety of stakeholders, to improve access to climate data, information, and expertise, and to inform climate-related decisions. This program has a specific focus on engaging partners in experimental, bi-lingual transboundary climate and environmental services activities. The major objectives are (a) to communicate climate and environmental research in order to raise awareness and build capacity for the use of climate data, information, forecasts and projections, and (b) engage stakeholders – identify and respond to their needs and/or co-produce relevant information and knowledge necessary for informed decision making. Outputs include quarterly online newsletters, a webinar series, conference presentations and abstracts, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. A significant outcome was the co-facilitation of a meeting between water managers from Agua de Hermosillo and Tucson Water. The program was supported by approximately $75,000 in grant funds in 2012.
National Climate Services
The goals of this program are to (a) synthesize information about climate variability and change in the Southwest U.S. and present it to national and regional stakeholders, (b) co-produce information and forecasts with federal and state agency partners, (c) to engage stakeholders, identify and respond to their needs, and (d) to provide leadership on the development of national climate information services and products. Services include provision of data, provision of information, consultations with end users, interpretation of climate research, and communication via multiple media, including national reports, webinars, online communities of practice, social media postings, and stakeholder briefings. In 2012, the outputs included coordination, development, and submission of a 121-author Southwest synthesis and assessment report to the National Climate Assessment, submission of a book manuscript for the Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, service as a convening lead author in regional and national assessments, convening of six webinars (attended by 175 stakeholders), presentations at multiple workshops, and contributions to national fire forecasts. 2012 outcomes and impacts include multiple requests to serve on national panels for the development of future climate science experiments (North American CORDEX) and development of national program science plans (U.S. CLIVAR). The program was supported approximately $100,000 in federal grant funds in 2012. Contact Dr. Gregg Garfin for more information.