USGCRP Climate Resilience Toolkit - Climate Explorer Tool 1.0

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit was released in November 2014 by the U.S. Global Climate Resilience Program (USGCRP). It has since been updated by a new version released in 2016. As directed by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Toolkit offers a suite of resources to help prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change at the local level. The Climate Explorer tool is a research application built to support the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The tool offers interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related to the Toolkit's ‘Taking Action’ case studies. Climate Explorer offers maps of climate stressors and impacts, as well as interactive graphs showing daily observations and long-term averages from thousands of weather stations across the country.

Find where assets such as power plants, wetlands, and tribal lands intersect with climate threats. 


The visualization tool provides downscaled maps demonstrating:

  • Coastal Flood Risk
  • Food Resilience
  • Ecosystem Vulnerability
  • Human Health
  • Water Resources
  • Tribal Nations
  • Transportation and Supply Chain
  • Energy Supply and Use 

Mapped layers of information available for each topic appear in two groups including "Climate Stressors" and "People and Assets Impacted." For example, when investigating map layers for Tribal Nations, the related “Stressors” to view on the map layer include flood, drought, and sea level rise inundation at a national level or downscaled to a local level. The user can also see mapped values for BIA Indian Lands, BIA Indian Ceded Lands, and the Social Vulnerability Index under ‘People and Assets Impacted.’

One of the layers this tool offers is the "social vulnerability" index (SoVI). The index is a comparative metric that allows users to examine the differences in social vulnerability among counties. It synthesizes 27 socioeconomic variables, which the research literature suggests reduce a community's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards. This layer can be used to show where there is uneven capacity for preparedness and response and where resources might be used most effectively to reduce the pre-existing vulnerability. It is also an indicator that can be used to explain differential recovery outcomes after a disaster.


In addition, Climate Explorer houses graphs of temperature and precipitation, found in the ‘Historical Data’ feature. Graphs can be produced showing daily observations and long-term averages across the country and at a localized level.

Tutorials are available on the Climate Explorer homepage

In July 2016, NOAA released a new version of the Climate Explorer tool. 

If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. You may find this has limited use.



Publication Date: June 2014

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