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Massachusetts’s Environmental Public Health Tracking

Massachusetts’s Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website, launched as part of a CDC pilot program in 2008, provides data and visualization tools that are useful in detecting environmental health risks and trends. Users can view rates of asthma, heart attacks, heat stress, and other health conditions exacerbated by climate change. While not all of its tools are related to the public health impact of climate change, the tracker’s tools do allow users - whether individuals, public health officials, or policy makers - to analyze health data and trends over time at the state, county, or census tract level.

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EPA's Top 10 Ways Utilities Can Save Water, Energy, and Money While Preparing for Climate Change

November 2009

This handout produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the top ten strategies utilities can use to prepare for climate change, including pages for notes after each tip. According to the guide, the most important step is to update "your" emergency response plan - utilizing the findings from the other 9 strategies. 

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Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment: Compendium of Coastal Resources Tools and Methodologies

January 18, 2008

This compendium produced by the University of Wollongong and Coastal Zone Management Pty. Ltd. describes tools and methods which can be applied globally to support the development of coastal vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation.

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Water Supply and Stress Index Model (WaSSI)

2008

WaSSI is a tool that models historical, current, and future watershed stress for a particular zip code by comparing water supply and demand. Planners can select which of two climate models to use (HadCM2SuL - warm & wet; or CGC1 - hot & dry) to assess possible effects on supply and stress created by climate change under these scenarios. WaSSI uses historical USGS or state water bureau data to estimate past demand; future demand and supply scenarios are based on modeled changes in land use, land management, population, and climate change.

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Climate Science and Decision Making

April 2007

This article focuses on understanding the science of climate change and how such understanding might better contribute to decision processes and the design of decision support tools. An increasing emphasis on adaptation demands greater efforts to understand the diversity of users (e.g. emergency planners, water resource managers, policy analysts, and farmers) and their evolving climate information needs. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kirstin Dow, Gregory Carbone

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Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California

May 2009

This paper presents advances in climate projection information that the California Department of Water Resources has made since their 2006 report, "Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into Management of California's Water Resources. " These advances include an improved understanding of how well selected climate models represent historical climate conditions and refined methodologies for representing stream flows, outdoor urban and agricultural water demands, and sea-level rise in planning tools, in order to assess their usefulness in decision making for water resource managers.

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California Climate Tracker

2009

Monthly station data, taken from cooperative observers (COOP*), along with gridded data from the PRISM database, are used to assess climate across the state. The primary variables that are considered in this process are monthly average mean temperatures and monthly precipitation totals.  

Authors or Affiliated Users: J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, L.M. Edward

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HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Tools and Key Resources

One of the goals of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) is to help communities develop and support neighborhoods that provide transportation choices and affordable housing while increasing economic competitiveness and directing resources toward places with existing infrastructure. In support of this goal, the PSC has compiled a list of tools and other resources available to planners to help develop and support sustainable communities.

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Climate Wizard

ClimateWizard currently provides a range of climate history for a landscape, brought together in a user-friendly format. It provides technical and non-technical audiences alike with a visual mapping tool to access historical and projected changes in annual temperatures and precipitation levels from any geographic location worldwide. Using the custom mapping tool, users can choose a state or country and view data depicting the changing climate over time, including downloadable historic temperature and rainfall maps and projections of future changes in these data in a given area.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Zganjar, Evan Girvetz, George Raber

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CRUTEM3 Dataset

2006

Climate Research Unit Air Temperature and Combined Air Temperature/Marine Anomalies V3 (CRUTEM3) is a gridded dataset of global historical land surface temperature anomalies. Data are available for each month since January 1850, on a 5 degree grid. Various diagnostics are produced from the monthly gridded fields. These include images of monthly anomaly patterns, and global, regional and local time-series.

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