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Southern Region Climate Services

NCEI's Southern Region Climate Services provide data, tools, and information to help organizations, decision makers, and the general public address and mitigate the effects of climate variability and change.

The Southern U.S. is one of the most climate-sensitive areas in the country. Extreme weather events, significant droughts, and rising sea levels are a few examples of the climate challenges communities must respond to throughout the region.


Decision Support Tools

  • Southern Plains 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 policy planning and decision making.
  • Climate Assessment for the Southwest
    The mission of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest program is to improve the region’s ability to respond to climatic events and changes.
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program is a research initiative that helps communities plan for weather and climate-related disasters in the Southern United States, particularly in the face of climate change.


  • Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas
    The Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides data about the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program Data Tools
    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program has developed a range of experimental and prototype tools to support climate-related decision making and policy planning.

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 coasts. This mission is accomplished 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) provide resources to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources. NOAA Sea Grants benefit the economy and environment of their respective states and territories.