Hal Needham and Dr. Lynne Carter recently conducted research to better understand the climate information needs of Gulf Coast region decision makers. Carter and Needham produced a report that details their findings, entitled Gulf Coast Climate Information Needs Assessment. The report is available here and in the SCIPP Documents section of our website.
The needs assessment is based on interviews with 62 decision makers in coastal Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi who were located across 25 counties and parishes. The decision makers who participated in the research worked in a wide range of professional sectors including emergency management and homeland security, planning and zoning, agriculture, healthcare, fishing and aquaculture, energy, water management, and marina and harbor management. SCIPP will work to incorporate the identified needs into online visualization tools, education programs and climate data to assist with local-level hazard mitigation planning.