MISSION: To improve resilience in California and Nevada by providing decision makers usable climate information through integrating cutting edge physical and social science.
CNAP, California Nevada Applications Program, has a long history of providing cutting edge climate science to stakeholders in the region. Originally the program began as CAP in 1999, under the leadership of Dan Cayan and Kelly Redmond, and in 2011 the team expanded into Nevada and became CNAP. CNAP core priority areas have been and continue to be water resources, natural resources and coastal resources.
Over the years CNAP has worked closely with California Energy Commission and has taken a leading role in the three completed and now 4th ongoing, California Climate Assessments. In addition the team has collaborated with California Department of Water Resources in several of their climate focused efforts. CNAP also has work closely with Fire agencies throughout the West to better understand fire behavior, institutional knowledge of fire fighters, and future projections of wildfire. Since expanding to Nevada, CNAP worked with Great Basin tribes to understand barriers to climate data and helped develop a resilience plan with Washoe County. More recently CNAP is working with Southern Nevada Water Authority, Science Climate Alliance – South Coast, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on climate related projects.
Since the inception of the California Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA/NV DEWS) CNAP has worked closely with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) to coordinate communication and to research topics surrounding drought and water resources.
CNAP program model highlights the outcomes, or what the type of products it produces including scientific journal articles, reports, stakeholder workshops, and mentoring early career scientists. The program model also describes the short-term, near-term and long-term goals for the program.