Brad Udall is Director of Western Water Assessment, one of seven RISA (Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments) programs funded by the Office of Global Programs at NOAA. These programs are designed to develop partnerships with regional stakeholders and tailor NOAA data products to meet their needs. Lessons learned here are also contributing to NOAA’s emerging “National Climate Service,” the climate analog to the existing National Weather Service.
WWA was created in 1999 and is a joint effort between CIRES and the Climate Diagnostics Center. Using multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, water, law, and economics, the Western Water Assessment provides information about natural climate variability and human-caused climate change. This information – usually in the form of climate forecasts and regional vulnerability assessments – is designed to assist water resource decision makers such as Denver Water.