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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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit

The Field Museum's Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit includes over 60 multimedia tools to help communities develop and carry out local climate action projects that build on community strengths and improve quality of life.[ref title="3"]testing Footnote in first paragraph[/ref] The tools available document the experiences of community partners, present the basics of climate science as they relate to the Chicago, Illinois region, and provide ideas for local climate action.

Related Organizations: The Field Museum

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change: A mapping tool to assist land managers and scientists in California

This site allows users to see current and future maps of bird species distributions, vegetation, or climate variables.   Using sophisticated species distribution modeling techniques, this site presents current and potential futures for bird communities in California based on different climate model outputs. Future bird distributions are based on regional climate model projections for the periods 2038-2070 (IPCC Scenario A2) and 2080-2099 (IPCC Scenario A1B). Models were developed for over 80 California Partners in Flight (CalPIF) focal species, of which 60 non-special-status species are represented in this tool.

Related Organizations: California Avian Data Center (CADC)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and Portal

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) launched in November 2010 as a new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science, to steward a broad collection of educational resources that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens in becoming climate literate.

Related Organizations: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)

JAWRA is a publication on multidisciplinary water resources issues. JAWRA papers present ideas derived from multiple disciplines woven together to give insight into a critical water issue, or are based primarily upon a single discipline with important applications to other disciplines. Papers often cover the topics of recent AWRA conferences such as riparian ecology, geographic information systems, adaptive management, and water policy.  .

Related Organizations: American Water Resources Association

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Learn More About Climate - Climate Change and Colorado's Future

An initiative of CU-Boulder's Office for University Outreach in the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, LearnMoreAboutClimate.colorado.edu seeks to 1) extend the University's vast scientific expertise to raise awareness about climate change; 2) inspire an informed dialogue about climate change among Coloradans; and 3) encourage Coloradans to make lifestyle changes that contribute to the health of our state and planet.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Pacific Northwest Climate Maps

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) provides these maps to show how four important parameters of climate - temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and soil moisture - vary over time in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) as a result of natural climate variability and climate change. These maps show climate anomalies associated with different patterns of climate variability compared to average conditions during 1915-2003. The data are derived from historical climate measurements, global climate model simulations, and a spatially-distributed hydrology model.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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PRECIS Regional Climate Modeling System

PRECIS stands for "Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies". This regional climate modeling (RCM) system was developed at the Hadley Centre at the UK Met Office, and is designed to run on a PC under Linux. PRECIS (pronounced PRAY-sea) helps generate high-resolution climate change information for as many regions of the world as possible, in order to support the generation of climate change scenarios for scientific and planning needs, such as impact and vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: Met Office Hadley Centre

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American Water Resources Association's IMPACT

IMPACT, a bi-monthly publication by the American Water Resources Association, focuses on practical solutions to today's water resources problems.  A title index search leads to issues which discuss adaptive management, climate change implications for water management, and specific local case studies.

Related Organizations: American Water Resources Association

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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