Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Objective 1

Key impacts and vulnerabilities are identified across regions and sectors.

NOAA will advance understanding of impacts and vulnerabilities of human and natural systems to climate variability and change. This requires integrating NOAA’s capabilities in science (physical, natural, and social), services, and stakeholder engagement. NOAA is experiencing a rapidly growing demand for climate information at scales (e.g. local-to-regional) useful for decision and policy makers.

R&D Targets:

  • Advance projects/activities focused on the impacts of climate variability and change on four societal challenge areas – weather extremes, water resources, coastal inundation, and sustaining marine ecosystems
  • Strengthen and test climate-related vulnerability assessments of ecosystems and social/economic systems and tools and training for conducting vulnerability assessments with NOAA partners
  • Develop mechanisms and networks (regional and sectoral) to advance effective stakeholder engagement, communication, and collaboration with scientists and decision makers

Objective 2

Improved and sustained assessments of risks and impacts.  

NOAA will organize and strengthen capabilities in the sustained assessment of climate risks and impacts on physical, natural, and human systems. This work will leverage and inform existing assessment efforts (e.g., U.S. National Climate Assessment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Assessments will be conducted in partnership with decision makers to ensure that their information needs are addressed.

R&D Targets:

  • Sustain assessments of the impacts and risks of climate variability and change on U.S. and international regions and sectors, particularly those with high relevance to NOAA’s mission (e.g., water resources, coastal zone and marine resource management)

  • Develop a system of indicators of climate impacts on ocean and coastal resources and other sectors

Objective 3

Climate information, tools, and services are developed and shared broadly to inform society’s preparedness and response efforts

The demand for NOAA’s climate information, tools, and services is increasing, as decision-makers work to prepare for the impacts of climate variability and climate change. Meeting this demand will require regular interaction between stakeholders and scientists.

R&D Targets:

  • Develop visualization and decision-support tools for changes in ocean temperature, coastal inundation, and sea-level at decision-relevant scales

  • Integrate county-level coastal and ocean job trends data via NOAA’s Digital Coast to enable decision makers and planners to better assess the economic impacts of climate change and extreme events

  • Develop methods (including economic analyses) for evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation strategies and actions, particularly for coasts, oceans, and water resources

  • Improve communication and application of NOAA’s climate information to decision makers and the public through outreach, education, training, user-friendly online resources (e.g. climate.gov), social media, tools, and other pathways