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EPA Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016

August 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to climate change.   The indicators are developed to better understand changes observed from long-term records related to the causes and effects of climate change, the significance of these changes, and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society. EPA currently presents 37 indicators and five features that each highlight a specific region, data record, or area of interest.

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The Climate Explorer

July 27, 2016

Built to accompany the U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Climate Explorer offers graphs and maps of observed and projected temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables for every county in the contiguous United States. Additionally, the tool now offers hindcasts and projections for Alaskan boroughs. The Climate Explorer is designed to help local planners, residents, communities, businesses and others visualize the changing risks in their own communities in the coming decades by providing downscaled climate data and providing easy access to observed and projected temperature and precipitation data dating back to 1950 and out to 2100.

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Populations at Risk Tool

Populations at Risk is an online tool that can be used to determine socioeconomic information about populations more likely to experience adverse social, health, or economic outcomes, due to their race, age, gender, poverty status, or other potential risk factors.

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Natural Capital Project: InVEST - Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs modeling tools

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) offers software tools that quantify, map, and value services provided by nature, including “InVEST” - Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs - which is a suite of software models used to map and value ecosystem services. The toolset currently includes 18 distinct InVEST models suited to terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems - and can be downloaded for free from NatCap's website.

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2016 City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Assessment

September 2016

The City of Imperial Beach is a mostly residential community located in San Diego County, California. With 1. 5 miles of coastline and waterbodies adjacent to three sides of the city, Imperial Beach is vulnerable to climate change-induced sea-level rise and flooding. This assessment projects sea-level rise along the coastline, assesses the associated risks to coastal resources and development, and evaluates adaptation strategies. Proposed near-term policy approaches include updating the zoning code with hazard zone overlays, developing a beach management plan, and working with state and federal partners to address vulnerabilities.

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California Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool

June 2016

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a web-based application to assist in evaluating disadvantaged community status throughout the State. This publicly available mapping tool shows disadvantaged communities of California, in funding areas as recognized pursuant to California Proposition 1 and Proposition 84. 

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First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM)

July 2016

This is a model that can be used to predict first-order fire effects, or the immediate consequences of a fire, for both prescribed burning and wildfires. This tool is designed to help land managers assess fire impacts and severity, plan effective and useful prescribed fires, and for other uses. The metrics used to determine consequences are tree mortality, fuel consumption, emissions/smoke production, and soil heating. From an adaptation perspective, this tool may be useful to support forest impact assessments pertaining to wildfires.

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New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse: Tools to Help Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather

May 6, 2016

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.

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U.S. Department of Transportation CMIP Climate Data Processing Tool

March 2016

The U. S. Department of Transportation's Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Climate Data Processing Tool provides readily available downscaled climate data in a format that is relevant and useful for transportation planners at a local level. The tool, which is in Excel format, processes raw climate model output to produce projections that are meaningful for transportation planners to consider design or operational changes needed to create transportation infrastructure and services that are more resilient to climate change impacts.

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National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is a public access site with hundreds of resources from Sea Grant institutions and partnerships.  These resources or tools are primarily short reports on coastal resilience best practices and projects conducted through Sea Grant programs. The “Tools” available on the site include: Decision Support Tools, Technical Assistance, Guides and Manuals, Training, Communities of Practice, Data and Assessments, and Legal Services.   “Legal Services” has sectoral legal information and reviews of common law tools from Sea Grant partners.

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