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18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop



The 18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) was held on April 20-22, 2021, and brought together a diverse community to share developments in research and application of weather and climate information for societal decision-making. Participants will include researchers, service producers, resource managers, planners, practitioners, social scientists, and others making weather and climate-sensitive decisions. NOAA’s National Weather Service Climate Services Branch, Arizona State University, the Arizona State Climate Office, and many climate services partners are collaborating in the organization of the CPASW.

The workshop was held virtually on April 20-22, 2021, for discussion centered on the theme of “Providing services for the cascading effects of intensifying heat in a rapidly growing region."

The workshop addressed the following focus areas:

  • Understanding, monitoring, and predicting environmental changes and their impacts
  • Services for resilience to cascading effects of heat and its impacts to / or coupled with:
    - Socio-economic concerns (e.g., health, urban/infrastructure, agriculture, emergency management, energy, governance, etc)
    - Hydrological issues (e.g., extreme precipitation, flash flooding, drought, snow, water depletion, land desertification, etc)
    - Wildfire and air quality
  • Transboundary issues and partnership (e.g., cross-border services, sustaining international partnerships, effective stakeholder engagement, etc)
  • Other topics in climate services for resilience

The workshop gathered experts from the region, the nation, and the world to focus on extreme events and the role of climate services. It provided an opportunity for sharing effective strategies for understanding decision maker requirements, communicating extremes threats, and the heightened uncertainty and attribution of extreme events.

Who should attend CPASW?

Health community providers and researchers
Water and natural resource managers
Agriculture and ranching communities
Emergency management personnel
Non-governmental Organizations with focus on community and environmental health and safety
Forestry, wildlife, and landscape conservation specialists
Applied climatologists and scientists who use climate information
Decision-makers who utilize climate predictions, products, and services
Developers and providers of climate data, forecasts, applications, and tools
Climate extension specialists and communicators of climate information
Social scientists who work with climate information users and stakeholders
International organizations

History of the CPASW

The annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW), initiated in 2002 by the NOAA National Weather Service Climate Services Division, brings together a diverse group of climate researchers, climate product producers, and climate information users to share developments in research and applications of climate predictions for societal decision-making. A unique planning team, consisting of several NOAA climate services partners, organizes and hosts CPASW at a different location each year to ensure varying climate application focuses, and both regional and national perspectives.