Climate Data and Information Use of Municipalities in the Lower Missouri River Basin

Authors: Natalie Umphlett*, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, High Plains Regional Climate Center, Martha Shulski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska State Climate Office, Tarik Abdel-Monem, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Zhenghong Tang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Community and Regional Planning, Frank Uhlarik, City of Lincoln
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: climate, cities
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Communities all across the United States face a number of challenges due to a variable and changing climate. Many communities have begun to take action by implementing climate adaptation and/or mitigation strategies into municipal plans; however, the majority of efforts have been focused on larger cities and coastal areas. In an attempt to better understand the current use of climate data and information at the municipal level in the Central U.S., a survey and focus group session were conducted with municipalities in the four states of the lower Missouri River Basin (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska). Results indicate that current use of climate data and information is lacking, although there are significant differences between metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Additionally, several strategies could be employed to encourage the use of this information.

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