External Documents

Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs

This report summarizes the presentations, discussions and recommendations from a workshop, Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs, held November 16-17, 2011. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sector Applications and Research Program, the workshop was designed and facilitated by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP).

Implications of Future Climate Scenarios for Water Availability in the Middle Rio Grande Basin

Dr. Mirchi's powerpoint presentation from the Southern Plains Climate Science Seminar.

NWS Service Assessments

This website provides the links to the reports for the NWS Service Assessments. Service assessments are initiated when the following criteria are met regarding a severe weather event: (1) Major economic impact on a large area or population, (2) Multiple fatalities or numerous serious injuries, (3) Extensive national public interest or media coverage, or (4) Unusual level of attention to NWS performance. Some of the major severe weather events that have impacted the SCIPP region and are covered by a service assessment includes but is not limited to: The 2010 Greater Nashville Area Flood, 2008 Mother's Day Tornadoes in OK and MO, 2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak in the TN Valley, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2001 Tropical Storm Allison, and 1997 Arkansas Tornado Outbreak.

Power and Water at Risk

Across the United States, our demand for electricity is colliding with our need for healthy and abundant freshwater. Our electricity system's dependence on water runs deep: waters role in hydro-power, and the risks to hydroelectric generation when water is unavailable, are clear, but large steam-generating power plants (particularly the fossil-fuel- and nuclear-powered plants that produce the lions share of our electricity) also rely often very heavily on water for cooling purposes. Water resources, however, are under increasing pressure and, in some instances, have been unable to meet power plant cooling needs. As our demand for electricity continues to rise, the water dependence of many power plants puts the electricity sector, water resources, and other water users at growing risk.

Regional Disaster Resilience

The 2011 Regional Disaster Resilience (RDR) Guide for Developing an Action Plan (Guide) released in October is an updated and expanded version of the original guide published in June 2006 by The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP). Like its predecessor, the updated guide is a beneficial and usable tool that enables practitioners and experts from government, the private sector, and other interested organizations to develop and operationalize an actionable strategy and ongoing process to collectively improve capabilities to withstand major events and disasters in today's complex and interdependent world.

Suzanne Van Cooten Flash Flooding Webinar

This document discusses the meteorological setup and impacts of the flash flood event that occurred March 11-13, 2012 in Carencro, LA.