Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
Dec 10, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Adaptation
Climate.Data.gov has been expanded to include a new suite of Federal data and geospatial tools related to water and ecosystems. These freely available resources and a host of associated public, private, and philanthropic commitments are intended to spur innovation and help environmental planners, natural resource managers, and others make informed decisions under changing climate conditions.
Sep 8, 2014
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food
The global water cycle is tied closely to climate change, agricultural practices, land use, and the environment—sometimes through complex, multi-way interactions. NSF and USDA together have awarded $25 million in research grants to find out what this means for the sustainability of Earth’s water resources.
Jun 17, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity
News for fans of fish and fishing: scientists have found a link between climate change and the genetic decline of native cutthroat trout.
Nov 5, 2013
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Cities & Infrastructure, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The Obama Administration has taken significant steps to strengthen the climate resilience of America’s communities and economy. Today, President Obama signed an Executive Orderthat directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
May 7, 2013
Modeling, Water Resources
A recent EPA report combines climate change models and watershed simulations to develop a better understanding of what changes to streams and rivers we might expect over the next several decades.
Apr 23, 2013
Agriculture & Food, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy, Oceans, Water Resources
In recognition of Earth Day 2013, the USGS is highlighting examples of climate change impacts to a variety of places and people across the globe.
Apr 9, 2013
Adaptation, Energy, Water Resources
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a report to Congress on the progress of the National Water Census, which is being developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help the nation address its critical water needs.
Dec 24, 2012
Adaptation, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Cities & Infrastructure, Land Use & Land Cover, Water Resources
A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released Tuesday examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources nationwide during the next 50 years.
Dec 24, 2012
Adaptation, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Human Health, Cities & Infrastructure, Oceans, Water Resources
EPA announces the release of the final National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change, following a public comment period.