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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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Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections

July 2014

This data archive is meant to provide access to climate and hydrologic projections at spatial and temporal scales relevant to some of the watershed and basin-scale decisions facing water and natural resource managers and planners dealing with climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

July 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in July 2014 to help communities prepare for, manage, and recover from floods.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The National Map: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

July 18, 2014

The Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other Federal agencies have launched a 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) partnership to develop advanced 3-dimensional mapping data of the United States. These data and related tools will be used in the areas of flood risk management, water resource planning, mitigation of coastal erosion and storm surge impacts, and identification of landslide hazards - as "an essential component of supporting action on climate resilience."

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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EPA Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

September 2014

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guide to help drinking water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to flooding. In the approach, the utility would examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets and identify cost-effective mitigation options. A simple, 4-step assessment process is outlined to help water utilities understand their flooding vulnerability and identify practical mitigation options to protect critical assets. The guide is particularly useful for small and medium utilities.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report

November 2, 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Synthesis Report of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on Nov 2, 2014. The Synthesis Report provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. 

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

November 17, 2014

The U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, as called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is a website developed by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Toolkit will enable decision-makers to take action to improve their climate resilience using data-driven tools, information, and subject-matter expertise. The comprehensive site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: NOAA Climate Program Office, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Hall

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

November 19, 2014

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC) is a macro scale, semi-distributed hydrologic model that solves full water and energy balances, originally developed by Xu Liang at the University of Washington. VIC is a research model and in its various forms it has been applied to most of the major river basins around the world, as well as being applied globally. 

Related Organizations: University of Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Xu Liang

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool

Climate Interactive, a “climate change think tank” has created a Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool (GIST) for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that allows for scenario testing related green infrastructure investment and future precipitation scenarios. The simulation allows users to test investments into different types of infrastructure for managing stormwater, and supports exploration of different possible future rainfall patterns, to see how investments might turn out under various future climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database

Initiated by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 and now led by the Water Research Foundation since 2004, the International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database contains a growing collection of BMP studies with metadata on site conditions, design parameters, and stormwater monitoring results. The database features hundreds of BMP studies, performance analysis methods and results, tools for performance studies and reporting, monitoring guidance, and other study-related publications.

Related Organizations: Water Research Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA Stormwater Management Model Climate Adjustment Tool

February 13, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Climate Adjustment Tool (CAT) for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model - a downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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