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New Resource: Climate.Data.gov


The federal government’s Data.gov website recently launched Climate.Data.gov, an open resource for government data related to climate change. At the moment, the coverage is mainly focused on rising sea levels, but eventually it will be expanded to include topics such as the impact of climate change on food supply and human health. Here is a selection of some of the resources currently available:
  • USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal – This service of the U.S. Geological Survey uses data on climate and geomorphology to assess the vulnerability of U.S. coastal regions to extreme storms, shoreline change, and sea-level rise. It includes interactive maps. 
  • Digital Coast – This is a project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center. In addition to scientific data, it provides tools and training for the management of coastal communities. Areas of focus include resilience planning and habitat conservation. 
  • Sea Level Trends – The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services measures changes in sea level over time. This resource provides graphic representations of the Center's sea level data, as well as an interactive map that allows users to view historical data and trends from dozens of locations around the world.
Climate.Data.gov is currently in its pilot stage and encourages feedback from users, so now would be a good time to suggest other resources you would like to see made available.

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