Check Out the New Climate Resilience Toolkit

In December 2014, U.S. Federal government agencies, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality, published a compendium of resources that can help people take action to build climate resilience.  These actions were taken in response to the President’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order to help the nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts.

The Climate Resilience Toolkit  is the result of the combined Federal efforts.  For some, taking a business-as-usual approach has become more risky than taking steps to build their climate resilience. Although not water specific, the Toolkit offers ways to reduce climate-related vulnerabilities and find win-win opportunities that simultaneously boost local economies, create new jobs, and improve the health of ecosystems. This is a climate-smart approach—investing in activities that build resilience and capacity while reducing risk.

What’s in the Toolkit? How can it help?

Using plain language, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit helps people face climate problems and find climate opportunities. The site offers:

  • Steps to Resilience—a five-step process you can follow to initiate, plan, and implement projects to become more resilient to climate-related hazards.
  • Taking Action stories—real-world case studies describing climate-related risks and opportunities that communities and businesses face, steps they’re taking to plan and respond, and tools and techniques they’re using to improve resilience.
  • A catalog of freely available Tools for accessing and analyzing climate data, generating visualizations, exploring climate projections, estimating hazards, and engaging stakeholders in resilience-building efforts.
  • Climate Explorer—a visualization tool that offers maps of climate stressors and impacts as well as interactive graphs showing daily observations and long-term averages from thousands of weather stations.
  • Topic narratives that explain how climate variability and change can impact particular regions of the country and sectors of society.
  • Pointers to free, federally developed training coursesthat can build skills for using climate tools and data.
  • Maps highlighting the locations of centers where federal and state agencies can provide regional climate information.
  • The ability to Search the entire Federal government’s climate science domain and filter results according to your interests.

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