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Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) Climate Extremes in the Pacific Integrated Case Studies (EPICS) to Support Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

The Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) provides a programmatic framework to integrate ongoing and future climate observations, operational forecasting services and climate projections, research, assessment, data management, outreach, and education to address the needs of American Flag and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI).  The PaCIS regional vision is resilient and sustainable communities using climate information to manage risks and support practical decision-making in the context of climate variability and change.

NOAA Coastal Storms Program support is assisting with the development of climate extremes case studies that can be used to support vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.  The case studies cover extreme events such as hurricanes, flash flooding, and high surf.  For each event there is a summary of sector-specific socioeconomic impacts associated with it, as well as its historic context climatologically. The intent is to convey the impacts associated with extreme events and the causes of them in way that enable users to easily understand them. The case studies are also intended to familiarize users with in-situ and remotely sensed products typically employed to track and forecast weather and climate.  A Hurricane Iniki event anatomy proof of concept can be viewed at

John Marra
NOAA NCDC Integrated Data and Environmental Applications (IDEA) Center   
Eileen Shea
NOAA NCDC Integrated Data and Environmental Applications (IDEA) Center