Monsoon region climate applications: Integrating climate science with regional planning and policy

Andrea J. Ray, Gregg M. Garfin, Luis Brito-Castillo, Miguel Cortez-Vázquez, Henry F. Diaz, Jaime Garatuza-Payán, David Gochis, René Lobato-Sánchez, Robert Varady, Chris Watts

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There are various climate and society assessment projects that are working to understand monsoon-region stakeholder climate sensitivities and decision-making needs. These efforts are spearheaded by American and Mexican climate and social scientists, resource managers and policymakers by way of establishing workshops. The workshop is about the stimulation of linking climate science and key research groups. In addition, it aims to simplify the communication between climate experts and information users and also involve the public policy. One such organization that in charge of the workshop is NAME (North American Monsoon Experiment). The members emphasize the need for observations with better temporal and spatial representation of key environmental variables for monitoring and decision support and better access to knowledge. The group stresses the need to better the understanding of the effects of climate on vulnerable sectors. In addition, they are stressing cooperation between biophysical and societal processes and stresors to improve socioecological sustainability in a region. As such, proposals for efforts were forwarded, including the establishment of integrating science and assessment program as well as a regional climate center and a regional climate outlook product to aid decision makers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)933-935
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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