Climate Services Database Now Available for the Western States
Associate Research Professor, Arizona Institutes for Resilience
Alison M. Meadow is an Associate Research Professor in the Arizona Institutes for Resilience. Dr. Meadow has a background in environmental anthropology, Indigenous studies, and urban planning. Her research focuses on the process of linking scientists with decision makers to improve the usability of climate science, with a particular emphasis on evaluating the societal outcomes of such research partnerships. Through CLIMAS, Alison partners with communities in Arizona and New Mexico to support their climate adaptation planning efforts. In addition to her affiliation with CLIMAS, she is a principal investigator with the Department of the Interior’s Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC).
Assistant Research Professor, Arizona Institutes for Resilience
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of Anthropology
Ben McMahan joined CLIMAS after completing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His dissertation research was on hurricanes and disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where he focused on
- Human interactions in dynamic social and environmental contexts,
- Risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and
- Social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes.
He was also a key contributor to UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) collaborative/trans-disciplinary research on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the US Oil and Gas industry (2007-2011), and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010-2013).
At CLIMAS, his research activities included tracing how climate information is incorporated into regional decision maker networks, leading CLIMAS team research on the risks and effects of climate extremes, and collaborative research on the effects of climate variability on phenology and temporality of native plants in the region. He was also responsible for working to develop collaborative research opportunities and outreach efforts at CLIMAS, and as part of ongoing assessment and science/strategic planning, he contributed to strategic planning used to prioritize future research and outreach directions. He also coordinated publication of the monthly Southwest Climate Outlook, produced the Southwest Climate Podcasts, and was the online editor for CLIMAS’ blog - Southwestern Oscillations.
More than 130 public sector and nonprofit organizations provide climate services to the eleven western states, yet until now there has been no centralized resource to connect climate information users with the wide array of information and services available.
The NOAA Western Region Climate Service Providers Database is a searchable directory of climate service providers in the west that makes climate services easier to find. Its powerful search function allows users to customize their search based on the type of service, the geographic area, stakeholders served, and several additional parameters. It’s a match-making app for the climate world.
For example, say a water resource manager in Nevada is seeking coordination assistance in water resource issues. By searching for the state and sector served (NV and water, respectively), and for an organization that provides coordination services, the database returns eight organizations for the manager to contact for more information.
This database is a pilot and we appreciate comments and suggestions from users. Please send any comments to email@example.com. For more information about this project and initial findings from a landscape assessment of climate providers in the west, please refer to the preliminary analysis report.
This resource was created through a partnership between NOAA Western Regional Collaboration Team, the NOAA-RISA Western Water Assessment and the NOAA-RISA Climate Assessment for the Southwest.