Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support of Local Decisions

Investigator(s): Sascha Petersen, Chris Allan, Gregg Garfin, Katharine Hayhoe, Leah Kos, Sarah LeRoy, Karen MacClune, Ellu Nasser, Rachel Riley, Mark Shafer, Melissa Stults
Research Dates: 2014 - 2017
Affiliate Organization(s): Climate Assessment for the Southwest (University of Arizona) • Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International • Local Governments for Sustainability • University of Oklahoma • University of Arizona • Adaptation International • Institute for Social and Environmental Transition • Texas Tech University

This project developed and tested a community-specific participatory process to identify and develop climate projections around impact-relevant extreme events and guide climate change adaptation and resilience efforts. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, four small- to medium-sized communities in the South Central United States joined a multi-disciplinary team to:

  1. Collaborate on identifying critical thresholds for extreme weather events in their communities;
  2. Create downscaled climate projections specific to those thresholds;
  3. Review the customized climate projections; and
  4. Identify and implement a resilience action project.

SCIPP worked with two of the four communities, Miami, Oklahoma and San Angelo, Texas. For more information, please see the project materials that are linked below.

This project received funding from the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program.

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