The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) advances research on adaptation and resilience to climate variability and change and the application of climate services. The project supports risk management through research-based improvements in design, development, and provision of climate information, particularly as they contribute to national and regional development goals. IRAP currently works in the Caribbean region beginning and South Asia.
IRAP is a joint effort led by researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) and Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). It is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Program Office and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). IRAP has a five-year funding cycle, which began in September 2013.
IRAP team members have extensive expertise in diverse disciplines related to the physical and human dimensions of climate. IRAP’s projects are designed to integrate this expertise into innovated, collaborative projects that leverage deep, place-based knowledge and skills of local partners. IRAP’s research include making novel contributions to scholarship and practice in climate dynamics, seasonal climate forecasting, climate services, climate vulnerability, program and impacts evaluation, geography, and climate governance.