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California-Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP)

CNAP’s mission is to improve resilience in California and Nevada by providing decision makers usable climate information through integrating cutting edge physical and social science. Our core priority sectors include understanding effects of climate variation on water resources, natural resources and coastal resources along other linked systems including societal components. CNAP has collaborated with California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in providing data, observations and interpretation to better anticipate how climate and associated weather events affect water resources and water hazards in the State. Another focus of CNAP is working with fire agencies in California, Nevada and across the western U.S. to investigate effects of climate and weather on wildfire, with important contributions in understanding the strong influence of climate fluctuations upon the regionally varying wildfire patterns, differences in climatic influences across different types of landscape and vegetation, and changes over recent decades towards a more active wildfire regime, with projections of possible enhanced wildfire threat in future decades. CNAP has supported all four California Climate Assessments and the most recent Nevada Assessment. 


California Nevada Drought and Climate Update and Outlook Webinar

The California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar is a series of regular drought and climate outlook webinars designed to provide the region with timely information on current climate and drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events, updated a forecasting tools, and relevant research.

Planning for Sea Level Rise Handouts

We partnered with Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to develop one page hand out that illustrate adaptive management for coastal areas and use regionally specific data on the frequency of future extreme sea level as sea level rises. Currently, hand outs are available for San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Central Coast.

Water Storage Tracking in the West

In many places in the West water availability is a combination of water in the reservoirs and in the natural reservoir of the snow pack. The water storage tracking combines both the status of the water in the reservoirs and in the snow pack to present a more complete picture of the water storage in a season. Tracking is done for California Sierra Nevada Mountains and reservoirs, Lake Tahoe and the Upper Colorado Basin.

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