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VSP program partners young climate scientists with decision makers

A pilot program in VSP to match postdoctoral climate scientists with local and regional decision makers is expanding for its second year by recruiting more fellows. The goal of the Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program (CPAPP) is to build a pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and prediction into decision frameworks and tools, as well as to encourage collaboration between the climate community and agencies involved in climate-related decisions. “The fellows bring their backgrounds in climate science to real-time decision makers who are involved in climate risk management,” explains VSP director Meg Austin.

 As part of the program, all fellows have two hosts—a science institution and a decision-making institution. The current CPAPP fellow, Galina Guentchev, partners with both the Bureau of Reclamation and NOAA’s Western Water Assessment at CU/CIRES.

 The idea for CPAPP originated with CLIVAR, a project of the World Climate Research Programme to address climate variability and predictability. VSP manages the program on behalf of the community, while costs are shared by NOAA and host institutions. CPAPP plans to recruit two to three fellows for next year and hopes to expand the number of host institutions.