Western Region

Climate – Western Region

There are many valuable resources listed here to gather information on climate and our climate partners in the Western Region. Keep checking back for updates and information on NOAA’s developing Climate Services!

NOAA’s Climate Portal
A single point-of-entry for NOAA’s extensive collection of climate data and information – www.climate.gov
Regional Climate Centers

NOAA’s Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) are a federal-state cooperative effort, managed by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The six centers that comprise the RCC Program are engaged in the timely production and delivery of useful climate data, information, and knowledge for decision makers and other users at the local, state, regional and national levels. The RCCs support NOAA’s effort to provide operational climate services while leveraging improvements in technology and collaborations with partners to expand quality data dissemination capabilities. For more on RCCs

The two RCCs that cover the Western region are:

Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA)
The Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) program supports research that addresses complex climate sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. The RISA research team members are primarily based at universities though some of the team members are based at government research facilities, non-profit organizations or private sector entities. Traditionally the research has focused on the fisheries, water, wildfire, and agriculture sectors. The program also supports research into climate sensitive public health issues. Recently, coastal restoration has also become an important research focus for some of the teams. For more on RISAsThe four RISA programs in the region:

Western Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook
In partnership with the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and other regional partners, NOAA produces a Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook aimed at assisting policymakers as they prepare for drought and other extreme weather events.  The Outlook highlights trends in temperature, precipitation, and climate in the West and offers a quick overview of climate conditions throughout the Western states to include summaries of regional impacts.In 2001, Western Governors and NOAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on extreme weather and climate issues.  The Outlook tool is the latest effort of WGA and NOAA to improve the development and delivery of climate science and services to Western states. 
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