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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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North Carolina Climate Retrieval and Observations Network of the Southeast (CRONOS) Database

The North Carolina Climate Retrieval and Observations Network of the Southeast (CRONOS) Database, developed by the State Climate Office of North Carolina, enables the public to quickly and easily retrieve archived observations from 37,790 (12,974 active) weather sites in and around North Carolina.

Related Organizations: State Climate Office of North Carolina

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change

December 2009

This report, which was commissioned by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), considers how federal investments in the science of climate change, and in particular climate modeling, can best be directed to help improve the quality of  research so that it may be more useful to water utilities and other possible users in adapting to climate change.   It explains how climate models work, describes how some WUCA members have used climate models and downscaling to assess impacts on their systems and develop adaptation options, and makes seven initial recommendations for how climate modeling and downscaling techniques can be improved so that these tools and techniques can be more useful for the water sector.

Related Organizations: Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), Iowa State University Climate Science Initiative, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA, Stratus Consulting

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joseph Barsugli, Chris Anderson, Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Pacific Institute Water Resources and Tools

The Pacific Institute's website provides tools for researchers, water managers, community organizers, journalists, and just about anyone who is studying the issues of freshwater resources, climate change, environmental justice, and globalization.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Past and Projected Trends in Climate and Sea Level for South Florida

July 5, 2011

This technical report summarizes trends in sea level rise, coastal climate variability and climate change impacts in south Florida. The report is one deliverable from a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) project to coordinate issues related to climate change and sea level rise in the region. SFWMD is a state agency that is responsible for managing water resources in a 16-county region that extends from Orlando to Key West, Florida.

Related Organizations: South Florida Water Management District

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Obeysekera, J. Park, M. Irizarry-Ortiz, P. Trimble, J. Barnes, J. VanArman, W. Said, E. Gadzinski

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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San Francisco Bay Scenarios for Sea Level Rise Index Map

Using 2008 inundation data (Knowles), and 2005 aeriel imagery data (NAIP), the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission produced these maps for areas on the San Francisco Bay that will be affected by sea level rise over the next century. The maps are generated that assume 16 inches of sea level rise by mid-century and that assume 55 inches by 2100. .

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits

December 2013

Created for the City of Arlington, Virginia the "Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits" provides details on the ranking and prioritizing process used in the city’s Watershed Retrofit Study. The scoring system is comprised of eight categories that each retrofit project was graded on. They include:

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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