SCIPP Documents

Simple Planning Tool for Texas Climate Hazards, v1.0

This tool is a compilation of easy-to-use online interactive tools, maps, and graphs relevant to 17 hazards: 14 climate hazards and 3 non-climate hazards. Users can access and obtain locally relevant data from the provided links and instructions. The tool also contains information on data limitations and a state-of-the-science summary on projected future trends for each hazard. Finally, appendices include hazard definitions and descriptions, historical FEMA/presidential disaster declaration information, climate change science and projection resources, and incentive and action programs for hazard risk reduction.

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Brochure

A brochure about the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.

South Central U.S. Hazard and Climate Change Planning Assessment (2013)

An online survey was sent to various decision makers located in the SCIPP region and was used to assess hazard and climate change planning, information use, and applications across the region. This survey was initially administered in 2009 and was administered again in 2013 to determine whether changes occurred since the first iteration.

Southern U.S. Regional Hazards and Climate Change Planning Assessment

As one of the first major SCIPP research projects, the goal of this particular study was to better understand local and regional hazard planning across the Southern U.S., specifically from the perspective of those involved with developing plans.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project

SCIPP has partnered with two Department of Energy (DOE) groups - the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to develop a climate change resilience plan for the SPR. Mission-critical objectives of SPR were identified and the impact of current climate on SPR’s ability to meet those objectives was assessed. SCIPP then used future climate projections from Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 5 (CMIP5) to evaluate how those mission relevant climate variables are expected to change in the future. Several brainstorming sessions resulted in a list of options to reduce the impacts of changing climate on SPR operations. These were evaluated in terms of feasibility, cost, and potential to reduce vulnerability or increase resilience to changing climate and are currently being incorporated into SPR modernization planning.

Teaching Climate and Hazard Resiliency in a Junior High Using Local Data and Emergency Managemennt

Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Seattle, WA, related to the project Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support Decisions (see details on Research tab).

Tennessee Event Summary June 5-10, 2014 Flash Flooding, High Winds, & Tornadoes (DR-4189)

From June 5th through 10th, 2014, several rounds of severe weather impacted Tennessee. A total of 23 counties, mostly in western TN, were declared as federal disaster areas due to damages from flash flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. Page 2 of this document offers an overview of the atmospheric conditions during the time of the event while pages 3-5 describe the event as it unfolded in addition to summarizing the damages and fatalities incurred during this event. This event ranked third among four other analyzed events within the past decade (2004-2014) in terms of max recurrence intervals. The highest return period recorded during June 5-10, 2014 was a 200 year event in west central TN.

Texas and Oklahoma Climate Extremes: Learning from the Recent Four-Year Drought and Spring Flooding Events

In October of 2015, representatives from state and federal agencies representing broad areas of water, public safety, infrastructure and other management participated in the workshop, Texas and Oklahoma Extremes: Learning from the Recent Four-Year Drought and Spring Flooding Events. This event was sponsored by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), the National Weather Service Southern Region, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). This workshop was a NIDIS Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) activity with the goal of improving disaster reduction and building capacity for better decision-making relating to drought planning and mitigation. The workshop focused on the successes, challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for future collaboration related to the recent 2010-2015 drought and spring 2015 flood events. The workshop included presentations and discussions about the shift from extreme drought to floods in 2015 and tactics the participants’ agencies used to manage the impacts of those events. Discussions specifically focused on monitoring tools, agency coordination, unexpected impacts, successes and public outreach.

Texas Lightning Climatology

The following maps were created by Kristin Calhoun at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory/Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and display annual and seasonal (winter, spring, summer, and fall) mean cloud-to-ground lightning density (strikes per km2) in Texas from 1995-2019. Due to convective storms, the highest density of cloud-to-ground lightning in Texas has historically occurred in the summer, followed by spring.

Texas Temperature Dashboard Fact Sheet

This fact sheet accompanies the Texas Temperature Trends Dashboard tool, available at and linked on the SCIPP Data Tools tab. This fact sheet provides definitions and explains the importance of each indicator presented on the dashboard. Year: 2021