Providing a Toolkit for Climate Resilience
(Climate Action Plan, p. 16.)
Federal agencies are to create a virtual climate-resilience toolkit that centralizes access to new and existing data-driven resilience tools, services, and best practices, including those developed through the Climate Data Initiative. The toolkit is to include:
- interactive sea-level-rise maps and a sea-level-rise calculator to aid post-Sandy rebuilding;
- new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) storm-surge models and interactive maps that provide risk information by combining tidal data, projected sea levels and storm wave heights;
- a web-based tool that will allow developers to integrate National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) climate imagery into websites and mobile apps;
- access to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) “visualization tool” to assess the amount of carbon absorbed by landscapes; and
- a Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool developed to help local governments assess stormwater-control measures under different precipitation and temperature scenarios.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
January 30, 2014: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to its National Stormwater Calculator (SWC), a desktop application for Windows that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a given location. The update includes future climate vulnerability scenarios, taking into account changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate change scenarios. The SWC already provided local information on soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records; the update extends its functionality by incorporating models of future climate scenarios. Users can enter any U.S. location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes, including inexpensive changes such as rain barrels and rain gardens, can reduce stormwater runoff. (News Release, EPA, EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update To National Stormwater Calculator (Jan. 30, 2014).) Links to download the application, instructions for installing and running it, and other related resources are available on the National Stormwater Calculator website.
March 4, 2014: President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, which provides $2 million to support NOAA’s work on developing a climate toolkit. (See Opportunity for All: Building a Clean Energy Economy, Improving Energy Security, and Taking Action on Climate Change 6.)
July 16, 2014: USGS launched a $13.1 million 3-D Elevation Program partnership to develop advanced three-dimensional mapping data and tools. The new data and tools will be used in flood-risk management, water-resource planning, mitigation of coastal erosion and storm-surge impacts, and identification of landslide hazards. More information is available from USGS’s National Map site. (See Fact Sheet, White House, Taking Action to Support State, Local, and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change (July 16, 2014).)
This page was last updated on July 16, 2014.