NOAA awards $48 million to advance climate research, improve community resilience

October 7, 2015

A corn crop in Arkansas is stunted and sparse due to drought conditions. (Credit: USDA NRCS Photo Gallery, Tim McCabe).

A corn crop in Arkansas is stunted and sparse due to drought conditions. (Credit: USDA NRCS Photo Gallery, Tim McCabe)

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) today announced it has awarded $48 million for 53 new projects. Research will be conducted by NOAA laboratories and operational centers, universities, and other agency and research partners to advance the understanding, modeling, and prediction of Earth’s climate system and to improve decision making.

The results of research funded by these grants are expected to have impacts far beyond individual projects. Some of the anticipated results include more accurate weather and climate prediction, early warning of drought hazards, more robust decision-support services, enhanced community and drought preparedness, and improved ability to respond and adapt to public health impacts.

States with institutions receiving NOAA CPO funding from the FY2015 Competition.

The funds will be distributed over the life of the projects, many of which span one to five years. All awards were selected through an open, highly competitive process.

"Every day, communities and businesses in the U.S. and around world are grappling with environmental challenges due to changing climate conditions and extreme events," said Wayne Higgins, director of the Climate Program Office. "People want timely and relevant scientific information about where and why climate variability and change occur and what impacts that has on human and natural systems. CPO's competitive grants play a vital role in advancing understanding of Earth's climate system and in transitioning our data, tools, information, and operations to applications the public can use to improve decision making.”

The projects will support these priorities:

A farmer in the Midwest struggles with drought conditions. (Credit: Climate.gov and U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit photo).

A farmer in the Midwest struggles with drought conditions. (Credit: Climate.gov and U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit photo)

CPO manages competitive research programs that fund climate science, assessments, decision-support research, modeling improvements, and capacity-building activities. While each program has its own focus, together they demonstrate NOAA’s commitment to advancing integrated climate research and enhancing society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and climate change. CPO’s network of partners, specialists, and principal investigators will broadly integrate research findings from these projects to help build resilience in the face of climate challenges. 

A full list of awards, as well as individual announcements for each program, is available online.

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