ECEP and Rising Voices

NCAR’s Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) is a partnership between industry, commerce, indigenous peoples and other societal groups, academia, and government with a goal of developing robust, well-communicated predictions and advice on the impacts of weather and climate extremes to support resilient decision-making. This interdisciplinary group aims to increase understanding of climate adaptation through diverse ways of knowing, and societal resilience to weather and climate events.

ECEP & RV photo

                   Bob Gough address Rising Voices 5 participants (photo Courtesy of Craig Elevitch)

The fifth ECEP workshop was held in Boulder in July 2017. The workshop theme this year was “Pathways to Incorporate Weather and Climate Science into Decision Making.”  A key component of the workshop was the launching of the new GRRIT® front-end that is based on the Tableau software. In addition to the annual ECEP workshop, an additional ECEP Southern Hemisphere workshop was also held in Sydney, Australia in February 2017.

The sixth ECEP workshop is planned for FY18, while two additional international ECEP workshops are planned for early in 2018, one in Sydney, Australia in collaboration with the Insurance Australia Group and the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), and one in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Hong Kong University.

Over 270 people applied to and 140 people attended the fifth Rising Voices workshop held in Boulder Colorado 13-15 April 2017. Major outcomes of this workshop were the support for students as part of the NCAR NSF INCLUDES project, and the collaboration with Cultural Survival that led to recommendations being presented at the 16thsession of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.