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Southern Region

NOAA/NCEI's Southern Regional Climate Services program provides the data, tools, and information that helps private and public sector constituents in the South reduce their risk and improve their resiliency to the impacts of climate variability and change. The Southern United States is one of the most climate-sensitive areas of the nation. Extreme weather events, significant droughts, and rising sea levels are but a few examples of the challenges that communities are responding to across the region.

Decision Support Tools

  • Southern Great Plains and and ACF Basin Drought Early Warning Systems
    The Apalachicola–Chattahoochee–Flint Basin Drought Early Warning System is an integrated drought monitoring and forecasting program that provides information on drought conditions to facilitate proactive management decisions.
  • Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice
    NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Regional Team and NOAA's Sea Grant Programs from the Gulf states support a Climate Community of Practice for long-term engagement with coastal communities on the topic of climate change.
  • Climate Assessment for the Southwest
    The mission of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest program is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program 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.
  • Southeast Climate Consortium
    The Southeast Climate Consortium mission is to use advances in climate sciences, including improved capabilities to forecast seasonal climate and long-term climate change, to provide scientifically sound information and decision support tools for the Southeastern United States.


  • Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas
    Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by NOAA, the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Drought Tool

    Drought Tool

    Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program Data Products
    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program has developed a range of experimental and prototype tools to support climate-related decision making and planning.

  • NCEI Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics
    NOAA established the National Coastal Data Development Center to build a long-term coastal data record to support environmental prediction, scientific analysis, and formulation of public policy. Today, NCEI's Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics works with coastal data providers, including federal, state, and local agencies; academic institutions; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector to create a "unified," long-term collection of coastal data.

Reports and Resources

Trends in Water Availability

Trends in Water Availability

Training and Professional Development

  • National Ocean Service Office for Coastal Management
    The NOAA Office for Coastal Management's Gulf Coast, Southeast, and Caribbean regional programs support the environmental, social, and economic well-being of the coast by providing the technology, information, and management strategies state and local resource management organizations need to address complex coastal issues.
  • NOAA Sea Grant
    The five Sea Grant programs in NOAA’s Southern Region for climate services (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi–Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico) work to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources to benefit the economy and environment of their respective states.

Southern Region RCSD 

Position currently vacant.