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Climate Information Crucial to Help Reduce Risk and Limit Disaster Damage

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Forecasts can play an invaluable role when used properly in helping humanitarian agencies and governments plan for and prevent disasters, according to the latest Climate and Society publication launched by the IRI and the American Red Cross last week in Washington D.C.

Climate and weather disasters, from the massive floods in Pakistan, Australia and Colombia, to the devastating…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on July 5, 2011 at 19:17 — No Comments

Climate change threatens a fragile ecosystem in the Andes

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on June 15, 2011 at 21:07 — 3 Comments

Homecoming

Newly minted climate scientist Ousmane Ndiaye is bringing the forecasting expertise he developed at IRI and Columbia back to his native Senegal. We have a nice profile of Dr. Ndiaye over on the IRI web site. 



Ousmane Ndiaye…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on March 30, 2011 at 21:54 — No Comments

Climate and Public Health Professionals Train Together

Since 2008, public-health professionals and climate scientists from around the world have come to Columbia University to take part in the Summer Institute on Climate Information for Public Health. Participants spend two weeks learning how to use climate information to make better decisions for health-care planning and disease prevention. The event is organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society in partnership with the Center for International Earth Science… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on March 4, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

La Niña Impacts Likely to Continue

I just posted a piece on the IRI home page about the latest La Niña. The map I show here tells us where we in the world can expect shifts in rainfall due to La Niña. We also produced a set of three video interviews of IRI scientists Lisa Goddard, Brad Lyon, Dave Dewitt and Paul Block, who share their knowledge of the La Niña - El Niño phenomenom, aka ENSO.

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on January 24, 2011 at 6:12 — No Comments

Strengthening U.S.-India Agricultural Research

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a new era of collaboration on agricultural research in the face of climate change. In fact, efforts have been underway since 2009: the Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has been…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on December 1, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

'Democratizing' Seasonal Forecasts in Latin America

My colleague Cathy Vaughan has a nice writeup of a workshop on climate prediction that the IRI helped organize in Argentina...







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A central tenet of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society's is that providing people and institutions with…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on November 9, 2010 at 21:44 — No Comments

Toward a Better Understanding of Climate-Model Projections and the Sahel



Alessandra Giannini, a research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award to advance our understanding of climate model projections in the African Sahel, a semi-arid region south of the Sahara Desert that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.



The Faculty Early Career Development Program, known as CAREER, is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on October 20, 2010 at 19:59 — No Comments

New Report: The State of Climate Prediction

A report recently released by the National Research Council called "Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability" examines the current state of medium-term climate forecasting--over time periods of a few weeks to a few years. It makes suggestions on how these forecasts might be improved.



The International Research Institute for Climate and Society is among a number of institutions that regularly produce…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on September 28, 2010 at 15:52 — 1 Comment

What is Climate Risk Management?

The second installment of a three-part series we're running over at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society web site. IRI Director-General, Stephen Zebiak, gets into more detail on defining climate risk management. An excerpt from the piece below:



"Once we've identified the best technologies and practices, the fourth and final step is finding the "real world" arrangements that enable their implementation. Using the example of an early-warning system for… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on August 30, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Managing Risk in a Changing Climate: Making the Case

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In the first of a three-part series, IRI's Director-General, Stephen Zebiak, makes the case for climate-risk management as an approach for dealing with droughts, floods, epidemics and other problems that plague society and hinder development. This approach, if applied correctly, would also be an effective adaptation strategy to climate change.…





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Added by Francesco Fiondella on July 12, 2010 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

An Active Hurricane Season Predicted

My colleague, Eric Holthaus, has written a story on the troubling hurricane forecasts released recently for the Atlantic:



The Atlantic hurricane season has officially started, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society has issued its updated seasonal hurricane forecast for the region. The results continue to indicate that an above-normal season is very likely. This could spell trouble for highly vulnerable Caribbean nations such as Haiti, still reeling from…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on June 3, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

Climate and Public-Health Communities in training together

For the third year in a row, public-health professionals and climate scientists from around the world are visiting Columbia University's Lamont campus, where the International Research Institute for Climate and Society is based, to learn how to use climate information to make better decisions for health-care planning and disease prevention. They're taking part in the third Summer Institute on Climate Information for Public Health, organized by IRI, in partnership with the Center for…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on May 27, 2010 at 16:47 — No Comments

The need to bring together climate and humanitarian communities

Sharing a story written by my colleague, Cathy Vaughan, on the collaboration between the climate and humanitarian communities to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters...…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on May 12, 2010 at 20:21 — 1 Comment

Creating More Useful Forecasts

My colleague, Ashley Curtis has written a nice story on a recent workshop held in China by the IRI and WMO...


Seasonal forecasts can be effective tools for agricultural planners, water resources managers and other decision makers. For example, after torrential rains and floods wreaked havoc in the West African nation of Ghana in 2007, displacing some 400,000 people there, the regional…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on April 21, 2010 at 21:28 — No Comments

New Program Aims to Mitigate Climate Threats to Food Security

A new multimillion dollar research program by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research aims to alleviate climate-related threats to the food security, livelihoods and environment of people living in the developing world. One of the key intellectual forces behind this initiative has been the International Research Institute for Climate and Society's Jim Hansen. He'll be leading efforts within the program to look at how managing…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on March 29, 2010 at 17:26 — No Comments

Climate Risks in Haiti: A Q&A

4278750226_6cf5b2a9b2.jpg We just put out an informative Q+A over on the IRI site about the risks from climate that the people of Haiti may face in the coming year. Currently, about a 1.2 million Haitians are without proper shelter, and an additional 470,000 have been displaced from their homes, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This situation leaves them vulnerable to storms and extreme weather events in the coming months.



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Added by Francesco Fiondella on February 11, 2010 at 3:24 — No Comments

Climate Information and Humanitarian Assistance

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre have made a short video about using seasonal forecasts and other climate information to improve humanitarian response and preparedness. The video will loop on the iSeeT @ Climate Change Kiosk in the Bella Center, December 14 & 15. Watch it here now!…



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Added by Francesco Fiondella on December 14, 2009 at 17:34 — No Comments

Climate and Meningitis in Africa- A Google Earth Tour!



The International Research Institute for Climate and Society and Google are offering a guided tour of Africa to teach you about the relationship between climate and deadly meningitis outbreaks there. No need to pack your bags, though: it's a virtual tour, one you can run on Google Earth from your living room.



The climate and meningitis tour is one of a number that Google has launched for the… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on December 7, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments

IRI Climate Scientist Appointed to NAS Advisory Panel

Lisa Goddard, a climate scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, has been appointed to the National Academies of Science's prestigious Climate Research Committee. She will be helping to promote progress in her field and give advice to government agencies on the scientific aspects of climate and climate change. The CRC also represents the United States in the…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on November 13, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments

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