The Center for Risk and Crisis Management is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Oklahoma that studies risk, risk perception and crisis management in several substantive domains. The areas of research interest and expertise include energy and the environment, weather and climate, national security and terrorism, and the social dynamics surrounding complex controversial technologies.
The mission of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes. The program promotes participatory, iterative research involving scientists, decision makers, resource users, educators, and others who need more and better information about climate and its impacts. CLIMAS investigators conduct research on the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States. The program also supports efforts to improve climate forecasting in the region.
The National Weather Center houses a unique confederation of University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.
The Oklahoma Biological Survey gathers, analyzes and disseminates information regarding animal and plant forms and ecological communities within the state and associated geographical areas. In addition to scholarly research and publication, the Survey provide information to citizens, organizations, businesses, and agencies concerning Oklahoma’s biota, and we assist in the protection and preservation of the natural heritage of Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Climatological Survey was established by the State Legislature in 1980 to provide climatological services to the people of Oklahoma. The Survey maintains an extensive array of climatological information, operates the Oklahoma Mesonet, and hosts a wide variety of educational outreach and scientific research projects.
The mission of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) is to enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing, protecting, and improving the state’s water resources to ensure clean, safe, and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.
The mission of the Oklahoma Water Survey is to study the state’s water resources and to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate research-based information about water to researchers, students, teachers, citizens, governments, businesses and organizations. The Oklahoma Water Survey serves the University research community, and acts as a catalyst to the wide and deep expertise in education, research and outreach in water issues. Moreover, the Oklahoma Water Survey will work with federal, state and tribal governments, organizations, businesses, communities and citizens who have interests in Oklahoma’s water resources.
The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a climate research initiative whose goal is to help communities better plan for weather and climate-related disasters in the southern United States, particularly in the face of changing climate. Focusing on the six-state study region of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi, SCIPP concentrates on the high frequency of hazardous climatological events that plague the region including extremes in precipitation (droughts and floods) as well as other hazards including severe storms and hurricanes.
The mission of the Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC) is to increase the use and availability of climate information in the Southern region that comprises the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. SRCC personnel work closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers to enhance climate services and programs that provide a regional structure for climate applications.