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Why was the CHIRRP program developed? What are its goals?

Natural hazards (or Earth system hazards) are increasingly impacting people and communities. More frequent extreme events, such as floods and wildfires, are shocking human and natural systems. Slow-onset events, such as sea level rise and desertification, are pushing areas past tipping points. Together, these changes threaten the resilience of communities and ecosystems. The impacts and risks of these hazards are driven by both the physical (or natural) components of the Earth System and the human dimensions of the Earth system, and how they interact.

To address these challenges, CHIRRP will advance understanding, forecasting and/or prediction of current and future Earth system hazards and risks, engage communities in development of research questions and approaches, and develop actionable, science-based solution pathways for adaptation methodologies, products, and services. All three of these foci must be addressed in CHIRRP

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