External Documents

Introduction to Storm Surge

This short document provides an overview of storm surge, including its causes, the factors that influence it and how it is observed and measured.

NCDC State of the Climate Reports

This website provides reports for the state of the climate by year.

NOAA Fact Sheets

This webpage showcases a variety of NOAA Fact Sheets that highlight a variety of weather and climate-related hazards.

NWS Service Assessments

This website provides the links to the reports for the NWS Service Assessments. Service assessments are initiated when the following criteria are met regarding a severe weather event: (1) Major economic impact on a large area or population, (2) Multiple fatalities or numerous serious injuries, (3) Extensive national public interest or media coverage, or (4) Unusual level of attention to NWS performance. Some of the major severe weather events that have impacted the SCIPP region and are covered by a service assessment includes but is not limited to: The 2010 Greater Nashville Area Flood, 2008 Mother's Day Tornadoes in OK and MO, 2008 Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak in the TN Valley, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2001 Tropical Storm Allison, and 1997 Arkansas Tornado Outbreak.

Phenology-Linked Indicators of Climate Change Impacts on Society and Ecosystems

This documents provides an overview on how climate change can influence ecosystems.

Planning to Protect: Helping SE Communities Think About Climate Change & Adaptation

This presentation provides a summary of expected impacts of climate change across the southeastern United States. The presentation was provided to the ICLEI network as a webinar on Januar 28, 2010.

Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States

This short report presents an overview of the current understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the United States and the implications of uncertainty on the policy process.

Power and Water at Risk

Across the United States, our demand for electricity is colliding with our need for healthy and abundant freshwater. Our electricity system's dependence on water runs deep: waters role in hydro-power, and the risks to hydroelectric generation when water is unavailable, are clear, but large steam-generating power plants (particularly the fossil-fuel- and nuclear-powered plants that produce the lions share of our electricity) also rely often very heavily on water for cooling purposes. Water resources, however, are under increasing pressure and, in some instances, have been unable to meet power plant cooling needs. As our demand for electricity continues to rise, the water dependence of many power plants puts the electricity sector, water resources, and other water users at growing risk.

Public Health and Climate Change

A Guide for Increasing the Capacity of Local Health Departments - This document provides an overview of climate change and potential public health impacts as well as step-by-step instructions on how public health agencies can prepare for climate change.

Regional Disaster Resilience

The 2011 Regional Disaster Resilience (RDR) Guide for Developing an Action Plan (Guide) released in October is an updated and expanded version of the original guide published in June 2006 by The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP). Like its predecessor, the updated guide is a beneficial and usable tool that enables practitioners and experts from government, the private sector, and other interested organizations to develop and operationalize an actionable strategy and ongoing process to collectively improve capabilities to withstand major events and disasters in today's complex and interdependent world.