USGCRP and partners have won an APA award for a project facilitating climate adaptation in and around the Nation's capital. The project grew from the recognition that Federal, regional, and local organizations in the area have a shared opportunity to build networks, partnerships, and collaborative approaches to increase resilience.
Jan 31, 2015
Physical Climate, Observations, Water Resources, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
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.
Dec 4, 2014
Mitigation, International, Adaptation
Future Earth, an emerging international research program with close ties to USGCRP’s mission, has released its plan for solutions-oriented research on global sustainability. The plan calls for a step-change in research to accelerate sustainable development and address serious environmental, social, and economic threats.
Dec 4, 2014
A new Administration initiative aims to “lift America’s game” in climate education, literacy, and training. USGCRP agencies will play a central part in this effort to connect students and citizens with the best-available scientific information about climate change.
Nov 25, 2014
In the Caribbean, the economic importance of agriculture and tourism—combined with rural poverty and vulnerability to extreme events like hurricanes and droughts—makes adapting to climate change an urgent necessity. The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) aims to build resilience in the Caribbean through a better understanding of how climate information can enable regional risk management.
Nov 19, 2014
Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
On Monday, the Administration released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a suite of community-oriented resources that provide information ranging from which neighborhoods are likely to flood in future storm surges to how future drought conditions could affect regional crop growth. Concurrently, a task force submitted recommendations for how the Federal Government can support resilience at the state, local, and tribal levels.
Nov 10, 2014
Scenarios, Coasts, Energy, Cities & Infrastructure, Adaptation
A new pilot study by the Department of Energy (DOE) presents an approach communities can use to assess the impacts of sea level rise on energy infrastructure. Among other data sources, the study uses global sea level rise scenarios from the 2014 National Climate Assessment.
Nov 3, 2014
Physical Climate, Mitigation, International, Adaptation
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Synthesis Report on Sunday, confirming that warming in the climate system is unequivocal and, if left unaddressed, will increase the likelihood of pervasive, irreversible damage to the environment and society. However, options to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts are available.
Nov 3, 2014
On Friday, Federal agencies released their annual plans for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Agencies cited climate impacts like rising sea levels, increased storm intensity, and more extreme temperatures as threats to Federal facilities, operations, and resources.