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BUILDLING RESILIENCE FOR CLIMATE AND WEATHER EXTREMES IN US-MEXICO BORDER CITIES | CCASS

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A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation, adaptationscenarios.org, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

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CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

BUILDLING RESILIENCE FOR CLIMATE AND WEATHER EXTREMES IN US-MEXICO BORDER CITIES

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Urban areas of the Southwest US are particularly vulnerable to health risks from extreme heat.  A project focused on the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin border cities (including El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, and Las Cruces, New Mexico), is seeking ways to increase preparedness and capacity to adapt to extreme high temperatures and heat waves. The initiative aims to:

  • Identify key heat-health parameters and target populations for early warning;
  • Assess capacity for coordinated heat-health early warning;
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices for sharing climate forecasts and information to reduce vulnerabilities;
  • Integrate a community of practice and mutual learning within the region;

Partners include public health departments on both sides of the border, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and academic partners throughout the region.