Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a climate research initiative whose goal is to help communities better plan for weather and climate-related disasters in the southern United States, particularly in the face of changing climate. Focusing on the six-state study region of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi, SCIPP concentrates on the high frequency of hazardous climatological events that plague the region including extremes in precipitation (droughts and floods) as well as other hazards including severe storms and hurricanes.
SCIPP is a joint research program of the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Louisiana State University (LSU) with combined expertise provided through the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Louisiana Office of State Climatology, Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU, Southern Regional Climate Center, the National Weather Center at OU, and the Center for Spatial Analysis at OU.
Research and Engagement Goals
- Determine current and future climate information needs of hazard planners
- Develop an ‘all hazards database’ of climate events
- Assess the climate literacy of the SCIPP region
- Identify regionally-relevant climate issues
- Engage a series of pilot communities to focus in greater detail on specific climate-related issues
- Conduct applied research on climate hazards
- Undertake climate change projection research focused on the south central U.S.
Tool Development Goals
- Develop an ‘all hazards’ web-based GIS decision/planning support tool for local-level hazard mitigation planning purposes
- Develop new tools to provide climate model forecast information
- Generate new data products based on user input
- Provide web-based climate information products
- Prepare climate risk assessments for each of the regional hazards
Education and Outreach Goals
- Provide education on the basics of climate and climate change
- Introduce climate change adaptation planning into the hazard planning process
- Provide instruction on how to interpret climate information products and data
- Train stakeholders how to use the new products and tools