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Simple Planning Tools (v 1.6) Released | 12.9.2021

SCIPP’s Simple Planning Tools for Oklahoma and Arkansas Climate Hazards were developed in 2017-2018 and are a compilation of easy-to-use online interactive tools, maps, and graphs relevant to 13 hazards. The tools allow users to access and obtain locally relevant data from the provided links and instructions and learn about future trends and data limitations.

Version 1.6 for both tools is now available. Some URLs have been updated, and a few resources were replaced or added. We ensured that your bookmarked links to the tools have remained the same. Please clear your cache if your browser does not show a December 2021 version.

Cover pages of version 1.6 of the Simple Planning Tools.
Cover pages of version 1.6 of the Simple Planning Tools.

SCIPP Climate Communications Assistant Position | 12.1.2021

​SCIPP is currently seeking an undergraduate student enrolled at The University of Oklahoma for the position of Climate Communications Assistant. This part-time position will assist the SCIPP Program Manager and Team with a variety of communication-related tasks such as updating and creating website news stories and content, producing social media content, translating SCIPP team member peer-reviewed publications into plain language for stakeholder consumption, preparing the SCIPP Newsletter, and scheduling support for various workshops and meetings. The selected candidate will begin in January 2022. Applicants should have an interest in communicating climate information to a variety of audiences.

For more information, please see the position listing.

SCIPP Publication Selected as Editor’s Choice in Natural Hazards Review | 11.17.2021

In June 2021, SCIPP researchers Ward Lyles, Penn Pennel, and Rachel Riley published a study in Natural Hazards Review that examines Tulsa’s progression toward effective flood hazard mitigation. This month, their paper has been selected to be featured in the Editor’s Choice section of the Natural Hazards Review page in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Library. With this feature, the paper is made free with registration for a three-month period.

Motivated by observations of Tulsa’s remarkable transition from one of the most flood-prone cities in the nation in the 1970s to its present-day success in mitigating flood hazards, Jazz on Tulsa Time: The Remarkable Story of the Network of Flood Mitigation Champions behind the Tulsa Turnaround addresses two questions: First, does Tulsa’s nationally acclaimed model local hazard mitigation effort fit what the research points to as the standard model of hazard mitigation? Second, how have the characteristics and roles of local champions and the relationships between them shaped Tulsa’s successes?

The case study analysis found that Tulsa’s hazard mitigation effort shared many of the principal features of the standard model of hazard mitigation, thus confirming its importance. Additionally, analysis of the second research question gave insight into how local champions shaped the network of mitigation advocates in Tulsa. These findings stressed the importance of following the standard model for hazard mitigation, as well as promoting a diverse group of stakeholders with regard to their professional roles, personal characteristics, and relationships, in order to cultivate the conditions for local champions of hazard mitigation to succeed.

The study also offers four recommendations for practitioners and policy makers who are interested in replicating Tulsa’s successes in other locations: 1) Foster and sustain a team of champions, 2) Make room for multiple models of leadership, 3) Acknowledge the personal sacrifices that can arise for a mitigation champion, and 4) Approach hazard mitigation primarily as a community planning issue, not an emergency management function.

The complete manuscript can be accessed for free with registration for a three-month period at https://ascelibrary.org/journal/nhrefo. After three months, the paper can be found in the Editor’s Choice Collection on the same page.

Tulsa’s hazard mitigation network and champions over four periods of time.
Figure 4. Tulsa’s hazard mitigation network and champions over four periods of time.

New Resource: The RISA Sustained Assessment Specialist Network | 11.8.2021

The RISA Sustained Assessment Specialist (SAS) Network promotes cross-regional collaboration, leverages expertise, and promotes learning and equitable solutions within the adaptation community.

SCIPP’s Climate Assessment Specialist Darrian Bertrand, who is a member of the SAS Network, collaborated with the network to produce a 2-page reference sheet that provides information about sustained assessment, introduces the recent and current sustained assessment specialists, and describes their regional accomplishments as well as their cross-regional, collective impact.

To learn more about the network, click here to access the document.

The RISA SAS Network Reference Sheet.
The RISA SAS Network Reference Sheet.

New Report Examines the Effects of Climate Change Across the Gulf Coast Region | 10.21.2021

In collaboration with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, Stanford University, Headwaters Economics, and Adaptation International, SCIPP has produced a report summarizing the changing climate and common weather and climate hazards of the Gulf Coast states (TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL). This report was produced for the FloodWise Communities Project, funded by the National Academies of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program, and is part of a broader package of resources produced in concert with Gulf Coast communities threatened by a growing flood risk in the face of climate change. The primary target audience is city planners, community leaders, and local/state governments seeking deeper knowledge of the region’s climate and broader context for observed local climate trends.

Chapter 1 summarizes the physical geography of the Gulf Coast states, the climatic sub-regions based on the Köppen-Geiger climate classifications, and the entire region’s average climate state based on the 1981-2010 climate normal. Chapter 2 includes city, state, and regional-level analyses of observed changes in temperature and rainfall over the last 40 years, as well as high-level explanations of why these changes have occurred. In Chapter 3, the report explains the concept of climate modeling for non-experts, makes a comparison of statistically versus dynamically downscaled climate model products, and describes how the Gulf Coast states’ climate could change by 2100 according to the NA-CORDEX multi-model ensemble (under the RCP8.5 emissions scenario). The fourth and final chapter of the report consists of three-page summaries of weather and climate hazards to which parts of the Gulf Coast states are vulnerable; namely, sea level rise, hurricanes, droughts and floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.

The full report is available here.

Cover Page.
Cover page of the report.