In 2013, Federal agencies prepared their first-ever Climate Change Adaptation Plans. Among other elements, the Adaptation Plans identified needs for science to better inform climate adaptation planning. On August 2nd, 2013, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and USGCRP hosted a GreenGov Workshop to discuss Federal agencies’ climate science needs for adaptation planning.
The workshop showcased best practices and educated agencies about available tools and information and proven techniques and strategies.
- Download the workshop’s opening presentation
- See below for other presentations from the workshop
Summary of Research & Information Needs from the 2013 Agency Adaptation Plans
- Download the presentation of the top three adaptation research and information needs
- Access the Summary of Research and Information Needs report
Climate Ready Water Utilities
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities program assists the water sector—which includes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities—in addressing climate change impacts. The program promotes a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options by translating climate projections into accessible formats and developing tools that utility owners and operators can use.
Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery
Recovery after Hurricane Sandy provides an opportunity to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience by incorporating information about sea level rise into decisions about how and where to (re)build. Using the best available science, Federal agencies jointly developed a tool to help state and local officials, community planners, and infrastructure managers understand possible future flood risks and use that information in planning decisions.
Adapting to Health Impacts from Extreme Heat
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information from a variety of national, state, and local sources. The Tracking Network provides maps, tables, and charts with data about chemicals found in the environment, certain chronic diseases and conditions, and location-specific factors.
Regional Climate Trends & Scenarios for the United States
In advance of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led an interagency effort to develop supporting scenarios for climate change in the United States. The scenarios outline current and potential future changes in climate for each U.S. region, as well as for the Nation overall. To provide easy access to key information, USGCRP produced 2-page summaries for each of the regional and national climate scenarios.