The White House released the third National Climate Assessment today. Mandated at least every four years by the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the National Climate Assessment assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States. It documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.
Tropical cyclones constitute one of the major natural disasters around the world as well as an important source of fresh water over areas prone to tropical cyclones. Annually, an average of 119 million people are exposed to tropical cyclone hazards (United Nation Development Program 2004). This study, led by Olivier Prat, is the first that quantifies the tropical cyclone rainfall contribution over land for the different basins around the world.
To help U. S. businesses better adapt to the numerous challenges and opportunities resulting from a changing weather and climate, CICS-NC, which is largely supported through a grant from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, hosted the inaugural Executive Forum on Business and Climate in Asheville, North Carolina, from June 3 – 6, 2013. Watch Andy Hoffman’s Talk: The Business Strategy of Climate Change
Comparing ground-based and satellite-derived Land Surface Temperature: Application to the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) program.
Toward an improved International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) B1 product.
Characterization of Precipitation Features in the Southeastern United States Using a Multi-sensor Approach.
A New Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Record for Climate Studies and Monitoring.
Improving United States Precipitation Observations.
Developing a precipitation dataset in a common format at a resolution nearly five times greater than the current state of the art, only 1 km
Stations in the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) have recently had their capability increased to monitor soil processes and drought, by adding a soil moisture and temperature sensing suite.
Communicating knowledge of the current and future state of the climate on regional and national scales.
The Geostationary Surface Albedo (GSA) algorithm is being implemented as the American contribution of an international collaboration between Europe, Japan and the US to produce a joint Climate Data Record.
Satellite proxies for tropical rainfall can identify changes in the global circulation that have impacts at mid-latitudes: these patterns help the energy sector anticipate changes in demand over the United States.
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is formed through a consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) on behalf of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. The host institutions for CICS-MD and CICS-NC are UMCP and NCSU, respectively. CICS-NC is an Inter-Institutional Research Center with the UNC System, where it is known as the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS). CICS-NC is co-located with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville, NC.
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CICS-NC is involved in ongoing efforts to understand the impacts of climate change on human health.