Decision Support Tools
WWA has helped to develop a number of online tools and training materials to support decision making related to climate risk in the Intermountain West. Below are the most recent of these decision support tools.
The Intermountain West Climate Dashboard is an array of 29 climate and water information graphics for our region, covering recent and current precipitation, snowpack, drought, streamflow, reservoir, and ENSO conditions, and climate and ENSO forecasts. These graphics are served directly from their providers so that they are automatically updated in the Dashboard as often as the respective provider updates them. The user can select graphics to enlarge to full size, and move them around the Dashboard to compare with other information.
The climate adaptation decisions group works to understand the adaptation process and to build adaptation simulation models both as a research approach and as tools useful to decision makers. Risk and decision analysis is a mostly normative set of methods for making choices under uncertainty. We apply decision analysis as a research tool by giving more weight to studying the decision context and structure at the front end, and post-hoc, forensic decision analysis at the back end, to test theories and research hypotheses. Our approach aims to create realistic decision models that can be simulated under historical and projected conditions, subjected to extensive sensitivity analysis, and that can be used and revised by actual decision makers. We are developing a set of decision models aimed at understanding, and simulating, the decision process for response to climate variation among resource managers like farmers, ranchers, flood managers, and others.
WWA collaborated with the US Bureau of Reclamation, the COMET program at UCAR, and others to help produce an online learning module entitled "Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning." This module is part of a broader pilot effort aimed at helping guide analysts through the process of quantitatively assessing climate change impacts in water resource planning.
A free login is required to view the online module. Contact Eric Gordon for more information.