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Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool)

The EPA developed the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool) to assist those interested in planning and facilitating tabletop exercises that focus on Water Sector-related issues.

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

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Heat Island Effect Portal

This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. Look under the "Where You Live" section to see specific strategies and initiatives implemented by states and localities. Strategies fall into four primary categories: cool roofs, cool pavement, green roofs, and urban landscaping. Initiatives are specific policy mechanisms, such as building codes, comprehensive plans, demonstration projects, incentives, landscape ordinances, state implementation plans, and zoning codes.

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

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Heat Related Illness Prevention (Training)

The goal of this web-based training course is to reinforce awareness of heat-related illness in order to promote the development and implementation of school guidelines, including an emergency plan by coaches, athletic trainers, students, school nurses, parents and teachers.   After completing the course, users should be able to: define heat-related illness; identify the three main types of heat-related illness; identify the symptoms, or warning signs, for each type of heat-related illness; describe treatment options for each type of heat-related illness, including return-to-play considerations; and describe steps to prevent heat-related illness.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory VisGallery

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) develops and uses mathematical models and computer simulations to improve our understanding and prediction of the behavior of the atmosphere, the oceans, and climate. The GFDL VisGallery provides animations of scientific research results to convey complex information in graphic form. Visualizations are available for climate diagnostics; climate prediction (air temperature, water flow, Arctic sea ice changes, El Nino forecasting); hurricanes (Mitch, Floyd, Isabel, 2004 season, Katrina); mesoscale dynamics; and oceans (surface temperature, surface salinity, surface speed).

Related Organizations: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Water Program

The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Water Program is an ongoing partnership between the USGS and non-federal agencies to fund water-resources projects in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and several other U.S. Trust territories.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment

The Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) are developing a wildfire risk assessment of all lands for the 17 western states and selected Pacific Islands. This assessment is known as the “West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment, or “WWA”.

Related Organizations: Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF), Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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WEPPCAT: Water Erosion Prediction Project Climate Assessment Tool

WEPPCAT is a web-based erosion simulation tool that allows for the assessment of changes in erosion rates as a consequence of user-defined climate change scenarios. This tool is based on the USDA-ARS Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model. WEPP has a number of customized interfaces developed for common applications such as roads, managed forests, forests following wildfire, and rangelands.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Program

A program from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Coastal Resilience is dedicated to providing information to communities, planners, businesses and policy makers to help them integrate sea-level rise and coastal hazards into their decision-making, and mitigate both community and natural resources vulnerabilities. The program consists of an approach, a web mapping tool, and a network of practitioners around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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