A new report investigates the causes of extreme weather and climate events that occurred around the world in 2013, finding evidence for both human and natural influences.
PostedMar 19, 2014
Coasts, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Today, delivering on a commitment in the President's Climate Action Plan, the Administration launched the Climate Data Initiative. This new effort brings together open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven tools that communities across America need to plan for the impacts of climate change .
PostedFeb 6, 2014
Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched seven regionally-located Climate Hubs to act as data repositories and offer the practical, science-based tools and strategies that agricultural producers need to adapt to climate change.
PostedNov 26, 2013
Adaptation, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Modeling, Observations
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Administration recently announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.
PostedOct 29, 2013
Scenarios, Coasts, Cities & Infrastructure, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Recognizing that large storms are expected to grow more frequent and more severe as a result of climate change , the Federal Government has partnered with states, cities, communities, and other stakeholders to make the Sandy-affected region -- and all of America -- more resilient. This goal is a guiding principle of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
PostedDec 14, 2012
Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Indicators, Human Health, Extreme Events
In front of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) national headquarters building in Reston, Va., two genetically identical lilac bushes are rooted in the earth. To casual observers, they are fragrant adornments to the landscaped property. But to ecologist Jake Weltzin and geographer John Jones—USGS scientists who study plant and animal life-cycle events—they are “Li” and “Lac,” two small but important pieces of a developing climate change indicator system.
PostedSep 5, 2012
Extreme Events, Adaptation
Multiple USGS field crews from several states are recording high-water marks, collecting discharge measurements and obtaining water quality data in coastal and inland Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
PostedMay 22, 2012
Water Resources, Indicators, Extreme Events
The low streamflows seen throughout much of New England this April do not foreshadow a summer drought , as researchers have determined summer rainfall plays a bigger role than snowmelt runoff in determining streamflows in the summer.
PostedMar 21, 2012
Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Extreme Events
As the climate gets warmer, many forests are feeling the heat. Impacts range from increased forest fire hazards and tree mortality to detrimental beetle outbreaks and alterations to leaf abundance and bloom.