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Water Sector Climate Science and Tools

This tab presents climate science and tools for understanding climate change impacts to the water sector and potential adaptation options.

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NOAA Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC)

The Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC), maintained by NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory, provides two datasets on precipitation. First is the monitoring product for the period 1986 to present, based on quality-controlled data from 7,000 stations. The second is the Full Data Product for the period 1951 to 2004, based on quality-controlled data from a larger number of stations (up to 43,000) with irregular coverage in time. This product is optimized for best spatial coverage and use for water budget studies.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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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.

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

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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.

Related Organizations: Texas A&M University, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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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)

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USGS Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

March 15, 2015

The Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) is a modular-design, deterministic, distributed-parameter modeling system developed to evaluate the impacts of various combinations of precipitation, climate, and land use on streamflow, sediment yields, and general basin hydrology.

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

Author or Affiliated User: Matt Cahillane

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Spatial Tools for River Basins and Environment and Analysis of Management Options (STREAM)

STREAM is a spatial hydrological model that allows for assessing hydrological impacts due to changes in climate and socio-economic drivers. It is set up according to a policy analysis framework and ensures a structured approach for an entire river basin including the coastal zone. 

Related Organizations: Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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AgroClimate (SECC)

AgroClimate is an interactive website developed by the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) for use by farmers, ranchers, foresters, water resource managers, and those who advise them. The site uses crop simulation models and historic and forecast climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Southeastern Climate Consortium (SECC) - RISA

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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)

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USGS Surface-Water Data for the Nation

The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water Information System (NWIS) is a comprehensive and distributed application that supports the acquisition, processing, and long-term storage of water data. Water Data for the Nation serves as the publicly available portal to a geographically seamless set of much of the water data maintained within NWIS

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

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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)

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