White House Climate Data Initiative
On March 19, 2014 the White House announced the creation of a climate change data center, Climate.Data.Gov. Driven by NOAA and NASA, the new site brings together data from across several federal agencies, with the intention of helping to inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens.
Initially, in its current pilot phase, there are data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts. Over time, there will be additional data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including risks to human health, the food supply, energy infrastructure, and ecosystems.
Climate.Data.gov houses nearly 91,000 government data sets, along with mapping services, and sophisticated user-friendly tools. Key resources are featured to help new users get started by area of climate impact. The data catalog allows the user to browse relevant datasets, and the resources page is a streamlined list featuring datasets and services - currently on coastal vulnerability.
The first available cross-agency data came from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey. They jointly released a collection of datasets for the site containing mapping information on hundreds of thousands of the Nation’s infrastructure units and geographical features, including bridges, roads, railroad tunnels, canals, and river gauges.
If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page.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: March 19, 2014
- The White House
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Education/training materials