A Focus on Water Resources
Throughout our history and especially in the last decade, the CSI Division has designed and led a number of activities directed at resilience in the water resource realm, building upon and expanding the impact of our grants investments. Our unique interdisciplinary perspective, coming from the NOAA Climate Program Office, is targeted at the intersection of (a) new climatological and meteorological findings, forecasts, and facts and (b) people and their use of NOAA products and services for decision making related to risk management, adaptation to future events, and anticipated growth.
Our focus and resulting work on too much; too little; and the quality of water, has been enhanced by working directly with researchers, decision makers such as water utility managers, scientists, and intermediary organizations that represent needs of disparate users of climate information. Our efforts include a focus on water equity issues in order to provide everyone with the opportunity to have clean, safe, affordable drinking water and wastewater services. Listed below are recent water-focused special studies and foci of this Division.
Research within CPO/Products:
Water Risk Team
Strengthening the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities to Floods in the Great Lakes Region (A Risk Team focused on a 5 year effort originating in NOAA’s Climate Program Office)
Filling the Gaps: Climate and Weather Information for Small and Medium-size Water Utilities (Study 2019-2021 directed by NOAA CPO and NESDIS with Water Research Foundation and US Water Alliance with funding from the NOAA Water Initiative)
RISA Water Projects
Regional initiatives within the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program.
Water Utilities and Climate: A Background on the effect of climate on water, wastewater, and stormwater services.