Incorporating Future Climate Projections in Adaptation Planning: A Layman's Guide

Incorporating Future Climate Projections in Adaptation Planning: A Layman's Guide

Organizer: 
Derek Rosendahl
South Central Climate Science Center
Time Slot: 
Thursday 3:00pm - Concurrent Session 11
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Many types of climate projections exist, each with their own unique strengths and limitations that can affect the integrity of adaptation decisions. These decisions can be improved when decision makers develop working relationships with climate scientists and organizations who can assist them with the use of climate projections. Through this interactive training, participants will gain confidence in using climate model projections in their decision making process. This will be accomplished by helping management planners across all sectors better understand the projections that inform their decisions. Additionally, managers will learn how to communicate their decision making context so that climate scientists can provide appropriate guidance and products for current and future decisions. The session will be led by researchers from the network of regional Climate Science Centers across the U.S. who will walk through the basic types of climate projections and discuss how the decision context influences their use. Additionally, the session will include a hands-on activity in which participants will explore the application of climate projections to real-world decisions.

Co-organizers:

Jessica Blackband, South Central Climate Science Center, University of Oklahoma
Alex Bryan, US Geological Survey, Northeast Climate Science Center
Jeremy Littell, US Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Science Center
Renee McPherson, South Central Climate Science Center, University of Oklahoma
Esther Mullens, South Central Climate Science Center, University of Oklahoma
Adrienne Wootten, South Central Climate Science Center, University of Oklahoma