SCIPP’s latest annual report, which covers the period June 2019 through May 2020, is now available. The report summarizes our accomplishments, outreach, outputs, and research objective updates during the reporting period.
The annual report highlights two awards granted to SCIPP for the Simple Planning Tools, which were developed in 2018 to assist planners and emergency managers in Oklahoma (and later Arkansas) in evaluating climate risks. Outreach included discussing 2019 Hurricane Barry on BBC World News, presenting to the New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office about Southeast U.S. precipitation trends, continuing to work with the Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Working Group to improve planning for hazards, facilitating connections between the Disaster Resilience Network and University of Oklahoma researchers, and planning the Texas Resilience Conference (originally scheduled for May 2020), to name a few activities. In addition, the SURGEDAT database continues to provide valuable analyses of storm surges along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Some of the research topics highlighted in the report include but are not limited to: 1) hourly precipitation trends across the Southeast U.S., 2) a Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) study for Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, 3) examining extreme rainfall forecast and communication processes, and 4) whether a nationally acclaimed model local hazard mitigation effort fits the standard model of hazard mitigation. Several other research topics are also included, along with new focuses and partnerships. Many of the outlined projects will continue into next year.
SCIPP’s mission is to assist organizations with making decisions that build resilience by collaboratively producing research, tools, and knowledge that reduce weather and climate risks and impacts across the South Central United States.