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July 2022

In This Issue...
  • 2021-2022 Annual Report
  • New Texas Simple Planning Tool
  • An Assessment of the Extremes and Impacts of the February 2021 South-Central U.S. Arctic Outbreak, and how Climate Services Can Help
  • Natural Hazards Workshop Practitioner's Meeting
  • Climate Justice Webinars
  • SCIPP Summer Academy
  • SCIPP Team Member Highlight: Charles Simson
  • SC-CASC Regional Early Career Researcher Workshop


2021-2022 Annual Report

SCIPP's 2021-2022 Annual Report is here! Some highlights of the report include an overview of the Summer Academy, an introduction of the new Advisory Committee, and some essential research highlights. 

The report also includes significant new partnerships, meaningful engagements, societal impacts, and explores SCIPP's future endeavors. This is the final annual report of Phase III as SCIPP begins new research projects under the Phase IV grant.  

To read the annual report, click here
Annual Report

Research and Outputs

New Texas Simple Planning Tool

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Simple Planning Tool to Texas. The tool, previously available in Oklahoma and Arkansas, assists planners, emergency managers, and decision makers in Texas who are assessing their long-term climate risks, both historically and in the future. The tool was primarily designed for decision makers who serve small- to medium-sized communities but may also be of interest to those who serve larger areas. The tool is now available here, or accessible by the Data Tools page.

The Simple Planning Tool for Texas Climate Hazards is a compilation of relatively easy-to-use online interactive tools, maps, and graphs relevant to 17 hazards: 14 climate hazards and 3 non-climate hazards. Users can access and obtain locally relevant data from the provided links and instructions. It also provides information on data limitations and a state-of-the-science summary on projected future trends for each hazard. Finally, appendices include hazard definitions and descriptions, historical FEMA/presidential disaster declarations, climate change science and projection resources, and incentive and action programs for hazard risk reduction. While it may not answer every question one has about hazard climatologies and future trends, it aims to cut through the internet clutter and point to relatively simple data tools that can be used during planning processes and in plans.
Access the Tool Here

An Assessment of the Extremes and Impacts of the February 2021 South-Central U.S. Arctic Outbreak, and how Climate Services Can Help

Temperature percentiles in February 2021, the month of the Arctic air outbreak. Credit: NOAA
SCIPP hosted a virtual workshop for water utilities in July 2020. During the workshop, we learned how sensitive water utilities in the region are to freezing temperatures. For example, many coastal water utilities serve camps (raised off the ground), second homes, and short-term rentals that are not occupied all year. When freezing temperatures occur, the pipes in these structures can burst and go unnoticed, bringing down the entire system (lack of pressure in lines). The February 2021 event highlighted this vulnerability and impacted more than just water utilities. The February 2021 event prompted SCIPP to collaborate with researchers across the region to better understand the frequency, impacts, and future projections of such events. The result was a manuscript titled “An assessment of the extremes and impacts of the February 2021 South-Central US Arctic outbreak, and how climate services can help,” published in May 2022 in the Journal of Weather and Climate Extremes.

In the manuscript, Drs. Brown and Keim (SCIPP) and their co-authors highlight the synoptic conditions that caused the event, place it in a climatological perspective, and recommend how climate services can help reduce the impacts of the freeze events. The magnitude of impacts associated with the event suggests a lack of preparedness that needs to be addressed. We are sharing the results of this manuscript with stakeholders in the region to ensure proper planning for freeze events even in a warming climate.
Read the Paper Here

SCIPP Workshops

Climate Justice Webinars
With the new Phase IV grant funding and subsequent upcoming research, SCIPP has added a new area of focus centered around "climate justice." Climate justice directly connects to previously-researched areas by SCIPP, including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation, in increasingly meaningful ways. Therefore, Simone Domingue, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for SCIPP, will host a series of webinars to raise awareness of climate justice's significance in future adaptation. The webinars will also offer actionable ideas for participants to bring back to their communities for proactive planning. 

The first virtual webinar on July 28th at 1 pm will bring individuals together from different sectors to identify disaster resilience and environmental justice funding and capacity-building resources for implementing community-led projects. There will also be an informational component where we will provide an overview of federal funding opportunities, ways to access news and updates regarding those funds, and list resources available for technical assistance or planning. Lastly, the webinar will feature a panel discussion from leaders in environmental justice, disaster resilience, and community development. 
To register for the virtual webinar, click here!

Register Here
Natural Hazards Workshop Practitioners Meeting

SCIPP's Director, Rachel Riley, was a panelist at the Natural Hazards Workshop Practitioners Meeting hosted by the National Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA). The discussion, with other panelists Melanie Gall and Carol Friedland, was on the topic of "Frameworks for Collaboration: Communities and Public Universities." 
The overall theme for the Practitioners Meeting held on July 14th was "Engaging Low Capacity Communities with Practical and Equitable Risk Reduction and Resilience Solutions and Support." The NHMA gave communities a particular emphasis in the practitioners meeting due to their position to affect change in mitigation and resiliency on the local level. As a practitioner within the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Riley discussed the engagement methods SCIPP and the broader University use to connect with communities in the region. The full agenda for the Practitioners Meeting is available here
Simone Domingue, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for SCIPP, was also a panelist for the general Natural Hazards Workshop on the topic of "Who Gets a Say? Power, Authority, and Climate Policy." This session on July 12th centered around climate justice, methods to distribute climate funding, and how to formulate policies to maximize equitability. The agenda for the general Natural Hazards Workshop is available here
Natural Hazards Workshop Website


SCIPP Summer Academy

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) Summer Academy 2022 welcomed undergraduate students from all over the organization’s four-state region of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana for five days of climate adaptation lectures, activities, and community exploration. The all-expenses-paid trip welcomed a total of 18 students to the University of Oklahoma from June 6th through the 10th. Students were given the opportunity to hear from a wide array of experts in the climate adaptation field, including professors and business professionals.

The purpose of the Summer Academy was to introduce students to the vast opportunities that fall under the umbrella of climate adaptation. From climate models to Indigenous knowledge, the five days encompassed various branches of study that students could explore in their future careers and research endeavors.
SCIPP would like to thank all the undergraduates for their participation as they learned more about climate adaptation, and the many avenues of study within the field. We wish them best of luck as they continue to grow as students and young professionals!

For a full summary of the events, see our full news story.
Summer Academy News Story

SCIPP Team Member Highlight

Charles Simson is a Data Analyst for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program at Louisiana State University. He collaborates with his teammates at SCIPP and aids them in their research by working with climatic datasets to extract helpful information and creating related visualizations in the form of maps, plots, graphs, etc. Charles also builds tools and websites if the climate data needs to be accessible to a larger audience. Additionally, he maintains and fixes bugs in the existing websites and tools held by the organization. 
Charles did his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science at Panimalar Engineering College in India and Master of Science in Computer Science at Louisiana State University. He worked in an IT company as a programmer analyst for three years before coming to the United States to do his Master's and work as a research assistant for LSU's Geography department.
Charles grew up in Chennai, India, and was fascinated by many different  (not necessarily related) things like space, dinosaurs, animals, trains, and planes. Today, Charles loves watching and playing sports like cricket, tennis, and badminton in his spare time and also picked up online chess during the COVID lockdowns. In addition, he loves the outdoors and spending time in nature. 

From Our Partners

SC-CASC Regional Early Career Researcher Workshop
The South-Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (SC-CASC) will host the "Regional Early Career Researcher Workshop" in Norman, Oklahoma from July 24-29. Graduate students, post-docs, and early career researchers will convene for five days to connect with others in the field and learn methods of engagement with the scientific community and public. The workshop will also feature immersive case studies for researchers to get hands-on experience. While the registration for this specific workshop is closed, we encourage you to check out the SC-CASC's website for details on more events:!

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For the latest climate news, follow SCIPP on Facebook and Twitter. Research updates and other news may also be found on our website.
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