NOAA Climate Program Office
The Climate Program Office provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency's climate science and services programs, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs. CPO's programs have three main objectives: 1) Climate Observations and Monitoring - describe and understand the state of the climate system through integrated observations, monitoring, and data management; 2) Climate Research & Modeling - understand and predict climate variability and change from weeks to decades to a century into the future; and 3) Climate Service Development - improve society's ability to plan and respond to climate variability and change.
The Climate Services Development (CSD) program provides information to improve the management of the sectors and geographic areas that are sensitive to impacts from weather and climate. Management issues include annual losses from droughts and floods, heat and cold waves, the positive and negative impacts of El Niño and La Niña events, sea level rise, and other high impact climate events. The information CSD provides includes observations, monitoring, analysis, modeling, forecasts, assessments, supporting datasets, and stakeholder driven research and applications.
The Climate Program Office also manages a competitive research program in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science to advance understanding of Earth's climate system and its atmospheric, oceanic, land, and snow and ice components, as well as climate impacts resulting from drought and other stressors. This science contributes to knowledge about how climate variability and change affect our health, economy, and well-being. The Office supports research that is conducted in regions across the United States, at national and international scales, and globally.
Additionally, the CPO helps to lead NOAA's climate communication, education, and professional development and training activities.
NOAA's Climate Program Office through an interagency initiative with the U.S. Global Change Research Program operates the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, which is hosted by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.
Phone: (301) 734-1200
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA
- Pacific RISA, Climate Adaptation Partnership for the Pacific (CAPP)
- Carolinas Integrative Sciences and Assessments (CISA) - RISA
- Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA
- California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) - RISA
- Southeastern Climate Consortium (SECC) - RISA
- Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center (GLISA) - RISA
- Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - RISA
- Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) - RISA
- Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) - RISA
- Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) - RISA