Researchers with the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program at the University of Oklahoma have been awarded an expected $5.4 million grant from the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office, contingent on congressional appropriations.
The five-year project, “Planning for Long-Term Change in a Short-Term World,” is focused around four themes: climate-informed planning, developing governance and collaborative capacity, extreme events in a changing climate and climate justice.
SCIPP director Rachel Riley said these themes are designed to help communities and states become more resilient to climate-related challenges.
“Learning how to incorporate climate information effectively into long-term plans opens opportunities for mitigating climate impacts,” Riley said. “Recognizing the financial and policy levers available to communities reveals how disasters can become sources of future resilience, and understanding how climate change may affect the frequency and intensity of events equips communities with foresight and preparedness. Climate justice assures that all members of communities have a voice in policies and activities taken to lessen the impacts of future events.”