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The Use of Climate Information in Vulnerability Assessments

Technical Assistance

For assistance in acquiring historical climate data, performing a sensitivity analysis, and acquiring or making decisions about future climate information, there are many groups that can offer potential assistance.

Some research institutions and non-profit organizations have begun to make downscaled climate information available in more easy-to-use formats. Examples include the North American Regional Climate Assessment Program and the Cal-Adapt project (see Text Box on Technical Assistance). As these efforts become more widespread, and more examples of the use of these data become available, the utility of these data portals is likely to grow.

Technical Assistance Resources Regarding Climate Information

NOAA Regional Climate Centers - focus more heavily on historical observations of climate

Department of Interior Regional Climate Centers - focus on issues related to ecology and public lands

NOAA’s Regionally Integrated Sciences and Assessments Centers (RISAs) - each center pursues themes related to environmental issues in its respective region; however, climate has emerged as an important issue among many RISAs

State climatologists - Many states have a climatologist that serves as a resource for acquiring and interpreting regional historical climate data, and in some cases, future projected data. It should be noted, that for a few states, the state climatologist position (which is often an unpaid position) may be occupied by an individual without advanced training in climatology.

Local university researchers - many universities have or are the process of forming groups or institutes to address regional issues related to climate change

Consulting firms - several private and non-profit firms exist that have expertise in applying climate information to transportation planning


Cayan, D., M. Tyree, M. Dettinger, H. Hidalgo, T. Das, E. Maurer, P. Bromirski, N. Graham, and R. Flick (2009). Climate Change Scenarios and Sea-level rise Estimates for the California 2009 Climate Change Scenarios Assessment. A paper from the California Climate Change Center. August 2009. CEC-500-2009-104-F.

Climatic Change (2011) 109 DOI 10.1007/s10584-011-0148-z

National Research Council, 2010. America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change. The National Academies Press. Washington, DC. p.62.

Updated: 10/20/2015
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