The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, highlights progress in advancing science, informing decisions, conducting assessments, and engaging with diverse audiences. The report also spotlights interagency priority areas, including climate predictions, global change in the Arctic, water extremes, and actionable science.
PostedApr 24, 2015
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced four collaborative landscape partnerships to make important lands and waters more resilient to climate change . Federal agencies will work with local, state, and tribal organizations in southwest Florida, Hawaiʻi, Washington, and the Great Lakes.
PostedJan 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.
PostedDec 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.
PostedNov 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.
PostedApr 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.
PostedDec 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.
PostedDec 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.
PostedOct 12, 2010
Water Resources, Adaptation
The EPA National Water Program has released an update to its Response to Climate Change Strategy.The original 2008 Strategy included 44 "Key Actions" to be undertaken during 2008 and 2009.
PostedSep 27, 2010
Scenarios, Mitigation, Water Resources, Adaptation
The EPA recently released a Tabletop Exercise Tool (TTX Tool) that is designed to introduce users to the potential impacts of climate change on the water sector and prepare them for emergency response.