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MAGICC/SCENGEN: Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse-gas Induced Climate Change, A Regional Climate Scenario Generator

MAGICC and SCENGEN are coupled, user-friendly interactive software suites that allow users to investigate future climate change and its uncertainties at both the global-mean and regional levels. MAGICC carries through calculations at the global-mean level using the same upwelling-diffusion, energy-balance climate model that has been and is employed by IPCC. SCENGEN uses these results, together with spatially detailed results from the CMIP3/AR4 archive of AOGCMs, to produce spatially detailed information on future changes in temperature, precipitation and MSLP, changes in their variability, and a range of other statistics.

Related Organizations: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program

EPA's Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program provides technical support and financial resources to states to increase water and energy efficiency in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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EPA Climate Change and Water Website

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water Climate Change page provides links to resources that can be used to learn more about current climate-related activities within the agency and beyond. One key document provided on the site is the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change which provides an overview of the likely effects of climate change on water resources and the nation's clean water and safe drinking water programs. Links to newsletters, meeting calendar, and other climate information from EPA are provided.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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U.S. Drought Portal

This website provides online access to basic information regarding drought in the U.S., including national and regional data sources, up-to-date reports of incidents and impacts, and links to upcoming events. The website is a product of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Related Organizations: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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HUD Community Development Block Grant Program

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program (Entitlement Communities Grants and State Program Grants; CFDA Number: 14. 218, 14. 228) is designed to help cities and states provide affordable housing and expand economic opportunities; CDBG funds must go to principally benefit persons of low and moderate income.  The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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HUD Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery

Congress often funds state and local recovery efforts by appropriating funds to the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG-DR) authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and administered by HUD. CDBG funds are typically allocated by formula grants to support economic development activities of state and local governments.  Through supplemental appropriations, Congress allocates funds to HUD to distribute block grants to help communities support both short-term disaster relief as well as long-term recovery.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research that addresses complex climate-sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. 

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Aquarius: A Modeling System for River Basin Water Allocation

Aquarius is a software application developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U. S Forest Service and Colorado State University. The modeling system depicts the temporal and spatial allocation of water flows among competing traditional and nontraditional water uses in a river basin. The program can be used to determine economically efficient water destination strategies by systematically examining, using a nonlinear optimization technique, the feasibility of reallocating unused or marginally valuable water storage and releases in favor of alternative uses.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gustavo E. Diaz, Thomas C. Brown, Oli Sveinsson

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Colorado Climate Preparedness Project Adaptation Database

The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project (CCPP) was initiated to to assist Colorado in continuing to prepare itself for climate variability and change by providing a catalog of climate vulnerabilities and current adaptation activities in the state. The project focuses on five key sectors that were identified by the state advisory team as particularly sensitive to the impacts of climate variability and change including: Water; Wildlife, ecosystems and forests; Electricity; Agriculture; and Climate-sensitive tourism and outdoor recreation.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

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Hazards - United States (Hazus)

Hazards-United States (Hazus) is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters. It graphically illustrates the limits of identified high-risk locations due to earthquake, hurricane, and floods. Users can then visualize the spatial relationships between populations and other more permanently fixed geographic assets or resources for the specific hazard being modeled, a crucial function in the pre-disaster planning process.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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