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Climate Science and Tools for Rural Areas and Small Communities

This tab presents climate science and tools for understanding the impacts of climate change and potential adaptation options for rural and small communities.

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.3: The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity

May 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. SAPs are being produced under the auspices of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates the climate change research activities of U. S. government agencies. The lead sponsor of this particular assessment product is the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, David Schimel, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Fay, L. Hahn, C. Izaurralde, B.A. Kimball, T. Mader, J. Morgan, D. Ort, W. Polley, A. Thomson, D. Wolfe, M.G. Ryan, S.R. Archer, R. Birdsey, C. Dahm, L. Heath, J. Hicke, D. Hollinger, T. Huxman, G. Okin, R. Oren, J. Randerson, W. Schlesinger, D. Lettenmaier, D. Major, L. Poff, S. Running, L. Hansen, D. Inouye, B.P. Kelly, L. Meyerson, B. Peterson, R. Shaw.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Atlas

March 2015

This tool is an interactive map that shows how the social and economic characteristics in the Great Lakes Region are impacted by climate change to the county level. It was developed by Headwater Economics in partnership with the University of Michigan.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan, Headwaters Economics

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

This online mapping tool, hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast, allows users to observe the effects of sea level rise on the coast. Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise can be a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Cal-Adapt 2.0

2017

Cal-Adapt is a climate change geospatial data tool for California, that is developed and maintained by the University of California, Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility with funding and oversight by the California Energy Commission. Cal-Adapt offers localized climate change projections for the state produced by California's scientific and research community. The updated version, Cal-Adapt 2. 0, has been released with new, high-resolution climate projections, enhanced visualizations, and improved access to data.

Related Organizations: Google.org, University of California, Berkeley, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , Pacific Institute, California Energy Commission, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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USGCRP Climate Resilience Toolkit - Climate Explorer Tool 1.0

June 2014

The U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit was released in November 2014 by the U. S. Global Climate Resilience Program (USGCRP). It has since been updated by a new version released in 2016. As directed by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Toolkit offers a suite of resources to help prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change at the local level. The Climate Explorer tool is a research application built to support the U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The tool offers interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related to the Toolkit's ‘Taking Action’ case studies.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Surging Seas Risk Finder

April 2014

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is an interactive sea level rise mapping and analysis toolkit which shows populations, infrastructure, and assets exposed to coastal flooding and sea level rise for every coastal state in the U.S. The Risk Finder includes interactive maps, tables and figures of results, risk timelines, downloadable data and local reports for cities, counties, states, and by zip code.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Sierra Climate Change Toolkit - 3rd Edition

2014

The Sierra Climate Change toolkit addresses climate change across the Sierra Nevada region of California, with localized strategies for emissions reductions and adaptation. The report describes climate change impacts in the Sierra, as well as recent regulations, policy directions, and incentives to reduce emissions and adapt. Adaptation strategies are outlined for water and watershed management, wildlife and habitats, forestry, wildfire, and City and County land-use planning. This 3rd edition from the Sierra Nevada Alliance expands its focus from previous versions with more strategic detail, case studies and further support for the development of an adaptation framework that works within existing planning processes throughout the Sierra.

Related Organizations: Sierra Nevada Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Extremes Communication Guidebook

January 2014

From the World Wildlife Fund, ICLEI, and Resilient Communities for America, this guidebook is designed to help local governments communicate about weather and climate extremes in the context of climate change. This guide is intended to help mainstream climate preparedness into local government planning processes, and/or build support for any existing climate preparedness efforts that have been already undertaken by local governments.

Related Organizations: Resilient Communities for America, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Landsat Project

As a joint initiative between the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the Landsat Project provides repetitive acquisition of high resolution multispectral data of the Earth's surface on a global basis. The data from the Landsat spacecraft constitute the longest record of the Earth's continental surfaces as seen from space.   Today's use of Landsat data has evolved, becoming not only a fundamental data source for addressing basic science questions but also has come into its own as a valuable resource for decision makers in such diverse fields such as agriculture, forestry, land use, water resources and natural resource exploration.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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