Kripa’s interests are in the field of climate change adaptation and climate-resilient planning. Her recent research focuses on improving the ‘usability’ of climate science, and enabling science-based adaptation decision-making for water resources management and agricultural planning. She uses qualitative and participatory research methods to examine decision-makers’ climate information needs, as well as quantitative climate model evaluations and data analyses to develop decision-relevant science and tools. She is currently a part of the multi-institutional Project Hyperion, which is aimed at evaluating and improving the decision-relevance of climate projections for long-range water systems planning. For Hyperion, Kripa co-leads the design and facilitation of the ‘co-production’ efforts wherein scientists and water managers collaboratively develop actionable science that can aid in adaptation decisions.
Kripa also collaborates with UC Cooperative extension and USDA’s Climate Hub to assess the types of climate information that will promote on-farm adaptation practices. Further, she is a working group member for the SESYNC project ‘Advancing the Science of Knowledge Use: Mechanisms, Applications and Gaps’, that evaluates the opportunities and pitfalls of knowledge co-production for environmental decision-making. Kripa also has 7 years of experience working in the climate change consulting space, where she managed technical advisory projects including GHG emissions reduction efforts, carbon mitigation strategies, and adaptation plans & policies.