Research

Recent Projects

  • 2024 Mobile_home_park
    Building Climate Resilience Within Mobile Home Park Communities
    In Spring 2024, Western Water Assessment launched a new project focusing on understanding climate risks and building climate resilience within mobile home park communities. Mobile home park residents face unique and disproportionate exposure to climate related hazards, including heat, fires, and floods. Further, mobile home residents often are left out of many climate and disaster related assistance programs, due to the unique housing structure of mobile home parks. Addressing the needs of mobile home park communities is key to building climate resilience and addressing climate justice needs.
  • 2023 Wyoming river photo from Unsplash
    Adapting to Climate Change in Wyoming
    Wyoming communities face increasing climate-related risks including wildfire, drought, flooding, and heat waves. This funding competition provided a rare and important opportunity to directly support adaptation and build climate resilience in underserved communities in the state. Applicants provided brief, five-page descriptions of their projects. Proposals were ranked based on their demonstrated community interest, resources and networks in place to support the project, realistic budget and timeline, appropriate and sufficient partners, strong connection to their communities, clarity about how resilience or adaptation would be built through the project, their plan for communicating with WWA and leveraging of WWA resources, their plan for and potential impact of external outreach, and the quality, novelty, and innovation of their ideas. We particularly encouraged proposals from entities and communities who have been historically underserved including Indigenous and small rural communities.
  • 2021 Precip_WY2023
    Intermountain West Climate Dashboard
    The Intermountain West Climate Dashboard, which debuted in October 2012, is our most popular resource that provides information and graphics about current and forecasted regional weather, climate, and water information. Feedback from WWA stakeholders through multiple program evaluations and analyses of website traffic indicate that the dashboard is a very useful ‘one-stop shop’ for up-to-date climate and water information for WWA’s three-state region.
  • 2021 Western Water Assessment
    After the fire: Informing water systems management in burned landscapes
    Wildfires create hazards for lives and property through combustion and high temperatures, as well as their impacts to catchment source water. This project focuses on these water-related vulnerabilities, which include far-reaching effects on flood risks (Ebel et al., 2012), on aquatic habitats, and on water treatment costs (Hohner et al., 2019; Pitlick and Van Steeter, 1998).
  • 2021 WWA hosts a workshop with water managers
    Building understanding for water system resilience to changing streamflows
    In this project, we will engage with water providers, tribal representatives, agricultural and other water users, ecological interests, and recreational groups about future snowpack and streamflow conditions, increasing understanding of how they view water system resilience to compound hazards. This continued engagement is essential both to disseminate new research findings and to understand evolving information and planning landscapes.

Recent Publications

Clifford, K. R., J. Henderson, Z. McAlear, L. Dilling, B. Duncan, S. Ehert, S. Arens, R. Page, and U. Rick. 2023. “The ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Doing Coproduction: Exploring Implementation Decisions in Climate Adaptation Research with Stakeholders.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 104 (4): E872–83.   https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0292.1

Yao, Fangfang, Ben Livneh, Balaji Rajagopalan, Jida Wang, Jean-François Crétaux, Yoshihide Wada, and Muriel Berge-Nguyen. 2023. “Satellites Reveal Widespread Decline in Global Lake Water Storage.” Science 380 (6646): 743–49.   https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abo2812

Dilling, Lisa, Meaghan E. Daly, William R. Travis, Andrea J. Ray, and Olga V. Wilhelmi. 2023. “The Role of Adaptive Capacity in Incremental and Transformative Adaptation in Three Large U.S. Urban Water Systems.” Global Environmental Change 79 (March): 102649.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102649

Stone, Luke, Courtenay Strong, Husile Bai, Thomas Reichler, Greg McCabe, and Paul D. Brooks. 2023. “Atlantic-Pacific Influence on Western U.S. Hydroclimate and Water Resources.” Npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 6 (1): 139.   https://doi.org/10.1038/s41612-023-00471-7

Barnhart, Katherine  R., Veronica Y. Romero, and Katherine R. Clifford. 2023. “User Needs Assessment for Postfire Debris-Flow Inundation Hazard Products.” Report 2023–1025. Open-File Report. Reston, VA. USGS Publications Warehouse.   https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20231025

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