New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse: Tools to Help Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse - a website for climate-related information including flood maps, data on sea level and temperature changes, and other information to aid in planning for future extreme weather events. Developed by New York State in partnership with federal, university and public-private organizations, the Clearinghouse provides access to more than 1,000 maps, data sets, and documents that show the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources, ecosystems, agriculture and public health. The website also provides information on how decision-makers can incorporate clean energy and resiliency strategies into their planning in order to meet the state's Clean Energy Standard, and become better prepared for climate change.
This resource was featured in the June 30, 2016, ASAP Newsletter.
"The New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse (NYCCSC) provides local decision-makers with access to climate data, maps, and documents relevant to climate action in New York State. This cache of resources went live in May 2016, with the support of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and will be continually curated by a project team that includes regional, state, and federal research partners. Check out the interactive map viewer that allows users to create their own maps based on data and files stored on the site!"
Among the Clearinghouse features are:
- A mapping tool that gives users the capability to visualize and explore data related to climate change impacts
- An interactive graph that displays historical and projected information on temperatures and rainfall by county
- Links to tools showing potential impacts on natural resources and wildlife from climate and land use changes
- Tools that display potential future flood zones in the Hudson Valley and Long Island
- Maps showing how New York State's coastal wetlands may move and change because of future sea-level rise
- Charts that estimate increases in rainfall intensities across the State
- Links to the State Energy Plan, Climate Smart Communities information, financial resources, and other planning tools
The Climate Change Science Clearinghouse web-based tool was developed by NYSERDA, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Cornell University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The website is being hosted by Cornell University. NYSERDA provided support for the Clearinghouse through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Publication Date: May 6, 2016
- Agriculture and food
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Land management and conservation
- Land use and built environment
- Public health
- Water resources
- Mapping tool
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