The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently launched a website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The new Climate Change Science Clearinghouse contains a treasure trove of information including maps, data sets and documents that can assist policymakers, planners and the public in making “scientifically sound and cost-effective” decisions.
NYSERDA’s partners on the project include Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Cornell University’s Mann Library, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), the State University of New York Environmental Sciences and Forestry’s (SUNY ESF) Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management, and the Northeastern Regional Climate Services Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“New York is leading the way in the Northeast region with the introduction of this state-scale compilation of climate-related information,” Ellen Mecray, regional climate services director, Eastern region, NOAA, said in a statement. “There is something in this tool for all of the major sectoral areas interested in planning for greater resilience in the face of a changing climate.”
Users can explore different sectors impacted by climate change, such as buildings, ecosystems, coastal zones and transportation. For example, adaptation strategies in the transportation sector include relocating critical systems to higher ground to avoid flooding and increasing the seat length of expansion joints on bridges to protect against heat hazards. The site also presents ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase clean energy generation in order to mitigate climate change.
Climate resiliency information on a national level can be found by visiting data.gov/climate. The site provides Americans with the latest resources related to coastal flooding, food resilience, water, ecosystem vulnerability, human health, energy infrastructure, transportation and the Arctic region. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is located at toolkit.climate.gov.