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Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM)

February 2013

DHSVM is a distributed hydrologic model that explicitly represents the effects of topography and vegetation on water fluxes through the landscape. DHSVM has been applied both operationally, for streamflow prediction, and in a research capacity, to examine the effects of forest management on peak streamflow, among other things. The website is maintained to disseminate the open-source model, provide examples of model applications, and enable global use of the model to study the impacts of climate change, land use change, forest management practices, flooding, stream temperature and quality.

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BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Non-point Sources)

2013

BASINS is a multi-purpose environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one tool. Developed for use by EPA, state, tribal, and local agencies, BASINS provides an integrated watershed assessment and modeling framework, and supports the analysis of point and non-point source management alternatives. The Climate Assessment Tool within BASINS assesses potential impacts of a changing climate on stream flows and pollutant loads.

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Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool

August 9, 2012

The Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting (EAR) Tool provides standard ecoregional status measures in a GIS-based tool to integrate data across the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Thematic Networks (TN). This tool seeks to maximize the information available in the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network Ecosystems and Protected Areas TNs, by providing conservation decision makers products for assessing the extent of ecosystems under effective conservation, offering direction on where to work and what actions may be needed to improve biodiversity conservation.

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The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends

June 2012

This report from Climate Central presents a state-by-state analysis of warming over the past 100 years and shows where it warmed the most and where it warmed the least. The report is timely, as the first five months of 2012 were the warmest on record in the U.S, and the 12 month period ending May 2012 was the warmest 12 month period on record in the country. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claudia Tebaldi, Dennis Adams-Smith, Nicole Heller

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Streamflow Projections for the Western United States

May 16, 2012

The resource provides streamflow and water supply data for 195 sites in the Western United States in the form of an interactive map. These data are based on hydrologic projections at a 12 kilometer resolution covering western states. High-resolution climate/hydrologic variations and changes are depicted through global climate simulations and then downscaled. Projections for each site run from the year 1950 through 2099.

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Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)

2012

The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a public domain model jointly developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M University System. SWAT is a small watershed to river basin-scale model to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and ground water and predict the environmental impact of land use, land management practices, and climate change.

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Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit

January 2012

From the Global Cool Cities Alliance, this toolkit provides online access to a comprehensive set of resources for initiating cool roof and pavement programs.  Cool, reflective roofs and pavements are readily available, pay back beyond their investment, and help cities both mitigate and adapt to climate change while making them more desirable and comfortable places to live. Replacing roofs and pavements with more reflective materials also helps to reverse the 'urban heat island effect.' 

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CRiSTAL: Community-based Risk Screening Tool- Adaptation and Livelihoods

2012

The Community-based Risk Screening Tool - Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL) is a project planning tool designed to help integrate climate change adaptation and risk reduction into community-level projects. It is designed primarily for the international development community, but could be used in other contexts. It is currently available in English, French, and Spanish. 

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USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

2012

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) created this online tool - the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal - that provides an interactive view of past, present and future hazards along the U. S. coasts. A user can choose any coastal location, zoom in to a relatively local level, and view potential impacts from extreme storms, historic shoreline changes, and coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. USGS suggests that this tool can aid in decisions that involve emergency preparedness, ecosystem restoration, and where and how to develop coastal areas.

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NOAA 20th Century Reanalysis (V2)

2012

Developed by NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Physical Sciences Division, the 20th Century Reanalysis contains objectively-analyzed 4-dimensional weather maps and their uncertainty for most of the 1900s.

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