Open Government Data for More Resilient Natural Resources
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 businesses that depend on ecosystem services make informed decisions under changing climate conditions.
The newly released data and tools, provided by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other Federal agencies and offices, cover information about streamflow, drought, land cover, habitat, biodiversity, and other topics important for day-to-day decisions and long-term planning related to natural resources. The corresponding commitments from companies like Google and Esri, as well as universities and non-profit organizations, range from data sharing to application development to stakeholder engagement. On the Federal side, NASA, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, will host a competition with $35,000 in prizes for data-driven applications that support climate resilience.
These efforts continue the work of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), which was launched in March with an initial set of data and commitments related to coastal flooding and sea level rise. The CDI, which supports the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to open government data, was expanded in July to include food security and resilience. Future themes for the CDI will include human health and energy infrastructure.
- Read the blog post from White House Science Advisor John Holdren
- Download the White House fact sheet
- Read the press release from DOI
- Explore the new content on Climate.Data.gov: water | ecosystems