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Development and Delivery of a

Seasonal Freshwater and Drought-related Climate Outlook for Water, Disaster, and Agricultural Managers

 

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is conducting a series of activities to enhance scientific and technical capacity to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).  These activities include the development and delivery of new or enhanced products and services that focus on climate issues critical to the region and respond to unique user needs.  Preserving freshwater resources and minimizing the impacts of drought has been identified as an issue of concern, and customized water/drought-related seasonal forecasts to improve situational awareness for water managers and community users, farmers and foresters and other resource managers, and emergency managers and responders among others has been identified as particular need. 

 

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the state of knowledge of climate science, impacts, and adaptation and available climate and weather service products and services to support climate adaptation planning, disaster risk management, and sustainable development.
  • Explore and learn about best practices to preserve freshwater resources and minimize the impacts of drought through the discussion and development of climate stories.
  • Explore and learn about seasonal climate-related science and information.  This includes placing current observations and forecasts into a local context, and making it easier to access and use. 

 

 

Outcomes:                                                                                   

  • Improved ability to generate accurate, timely and regionally-relevant content that helps to preserve fresh water resources and minimize the impacts of drought.
  • A user community that is better informed about the current state of knowledge about climate variability and its impacts and as a result able to make better decisions as they set priorities and allocate resources.
  • A provider community that is better informed about what problems and questions are most relevant and, as a result, are better able to match products and services to user requirements.  

 

For more information: John.Marra@noaa.gov, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director (808-944-7453) or Michael.Kruk@noaa.gov, ERT Inc., at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (828-271-4095).  Or visit http://www.pacificcis.org/dashboard_freshwater/