Use of Climate Diagnostics

Use of Climate Diagnostics and Cyclone Prediction for Adaptive Water-Resources Management Under Climatic Uncertainty in Western North America



A Binational Research Project Funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)


Binational North American Monsoon Region including the Sonoran desert of Mexico and the United States (map courtesy NASA)


Project Description

(see fact sheet pdf)

Information Flows and Policy

The coupling of human and natural systems poses at least three major types of climate-related risks to human populations and economic activity in western North America;

• Exposure of human communities to weather extremes—from cyclones to drought
• Dependence of growing populations on limited water supplies in this arid region
• Climate and water-related agricultural production risk

This human dimensions project supported by the Inter-american Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) builds on the IAI’s CRN II Project 2048 on tropical cyclones by improving understanding of the combined impacts of East Pacific cyclones and the North American Monsoon on human systems, and mobilizes this knowledge to disseminate climate and water information to decision-makers, managers, and water users.

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