U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit fact sheet

Meeting the challenges of a changing climate

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

A climate-smart approach to taking action

In response to the President’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order to help the nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts, U.S. federal government agencies, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality, gathered resources that can help people take action to build their climate resilience. The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier downpours, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, and floods, and sea level rise—are affecting communities, businesses, and natural resources across the nation.

Now is the time to act. For some, taking a business-as-usual approach has become more risky than taking steps to build their climate resilience. People who recognize they are vulnerable to climate variability and change can work to reduce their 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 courses that 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.

About the Toolkit’s development

Version 1.0 of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit was developed over a six-month period in 2014 by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations led by NOAA. The main goal for the initial release was to lay a firm foundation and inclusive framework that would allow the Toolkit to expand and grow over time, primarily in response to user needs and feedback.

The Toolkit’s initial focus is on helping the nation address challenges in the areas of Coastal Flood Risk and Food Resilience. Over the coming year, the site will expand to more fully address other topics, including Human Health, Ecosystem Vulnerability, Water Resources, Energy Supply and Infrastructure, Transportation and Supply Chain, and others.

Initial emphasis is on providing U.S. federal government information and decision support resources. Over the coming year, the site will also expand to include information and decision support resources from state and local governments, businesses, and academia and other non-governmental organizations.

In short, this is only the beginning, and there’s much more to come! Let us know what you think.

Staff and contributors

Executive Leadership Team

Amy Luers (OSTP)
Fabien Laurier (OSTP)
Michael Weiss (NOAA)
with additional contributions from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Site Development

David Herring (NOAA/CPO), Program Manager
Jim Fox (NEMAC), Content Manager
Ned Gardiner (NOAA/CPO), Content Strategist

Design and Web Development

Caroline Dougherty (NEMAC), Site Design/Web Developer
John Frimmel (NEMAC), Programmer/Web Developer
Richard Rivera (NOAA/CPO), Programmer/Web Developer
Mike Myers (NOAA/NCEI), Programmer/Web Developer

Systems Programming

Jeff Hicks (NEMAC), Programming and Data Analytics
Mark Phillips (NEMAC), Programming and Data Analytics

Editorial Team

Nina Flagler Hall (NEMAC), Managing Editor/Science Writer
LuAnn Dahlman (NOAA/CPO), Managing Editor/Science Writer
David Herring (NOAA/CPO)
Jim Fox (NEMAC)
Ned Gardiner (NOAA/CPO)

Science Writers

Emily Greenhalgh (NOAA/CPO)
Matt Hutchins (NEMAC)
Ian Johnson (NEMAC)
Rebecca Lindsey (NOAA/CPO)

Video Production Team

Ned Gardiner (NOAA/CPO), Executive Producer/Director
Alicia Albee, Producer
Bruce Sales (2Bruce Studio), Post Production
Robert Klein (Klein Digital), Motion Graphics

Training Courses

Marina Timofeyeva (NOAA/NWS), Editor
Jenna Meyers (NOAA/NWS)
Nancy Cofer-Shabica (NOAA OCM)

IT System Engineering

Kyle Levitan (NOAA/NCEI), IT Manager
DeeDee Anders (NOAA/NCEI), IT Manager
Mike Duncan (NOAA/NCEI), IT Security

webLyzard Search System

Arno Scharl (webLyzard, MU Vienna), Team Lead
Michael Föls (webLyzard, WU), Drupal Search Module
Max Göbel (webLyzard, WU), Knowledge Extraction
Albert Weichselbraun (webLyzard, HTW Chur), Knowledge Extraction
Alexander Hubmann-Haidvogel (webLyzard, MU Vienna), Search API
Walter Rafelsberger (webLyzard), Visualization

Arctic Subject Expertise

Sarah Abdelrahim (DOI), Team Lead
Jane Beitler (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
Michelle Davis (EPA)
Terry Chapin (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Patricia Cochran (Alaska Native Science Commission)
Hernan Garcia (NOAA)
Steve Gray (USGS)
Margaret Herzog (BIA)
Libby Larson (NASA)
Jeremy Littell (USGS)
Vanitha Sivarajan (DOI)

Coastal Flood Risk Subject Expertise

Doug Marcy (NOAA/OCM), Team Lead
Joshua Murphy (NOAA/OCM), Co-Lead
Kathleen White (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
John Hall (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Hilary Stockdon (USGS)
Adam Stein (NOAA/OCM)
Maria Honeycutt (NOAA/OCM)
Jodie Sprayberry (NOAA/OCM)

Ecosystem Vulnerability Subject Expertise

Jonathan Smith (USGS), Team Lead
Sarah Abdelrahim (USDOI), Content Coordinator

Energy Supply and Use Subject Expertise

Craig Zamuda (DOE), Team Lead
Jae Chung (CEQ)

Food Resilience Subject Expertise

Deb Peters (USDA), Team Lead
Ann Bartuska (USDA), Co-Lead
Tawny Mata (USDA), Editing/Science Writing

Human Health Subject Expertise

John Balbus (NIEHS), Team Lead
George Luber (CDC), Co-Lead
Andria Cimino (NIEHS), Editing/Science Writing

Transportation and Supply Chain Subject Expertise

Art Rypinski (DOT), Team Lead
Brennan Conway (GSA), Co-Lead
Rob Hyman (FHA)
Jae Chung (CEQ)

Tribal Nations Subject Expertise

Margaret T. Herzog (BIA), Team Lead
Sean Hart (BIA)
Susan Wotkyns (NAU ITEP)
Kathy Lynn (PNW TCC Network)
Margaret Hiza Redsteer (USGS)
Chris Caldwell (CMN SDI)
Garrit Voggesser (NWF)
Michael Brubaker (ANTHC CCH)
Michele Davis (EPA)
Ed Knight (Swinomish Tribe)
T. M. Bull Bennett (Kiksapa Consulting, LLC)
Bruce Stein (NWF)
Carson Viles (PNW TCC Network)

Water Resources Subject Expertise

Nancy Beller-Simms (NOAA), Team Lead
Emily K. Read (USGS)
Nate Booth (USGS)

Water Resources Dashboard Contributors

Nancy Beller-Simms and Tamara Houston (NOAA), Co-Leads
Wayne Higgins, Richard Rivera, Kathryn Gilbert, Jon Gottschalk, Michael Halpert (NOAA)
David Rouse, Jim Schwab (American Planning Association)
Adam Carpenter (American Water Works Association)
Erica Brown (Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies)
Claudio Ternieden (Water Environment Federation)
Lauren Fillmore, Katy Lackey (Water Environment Research Foundation)
Kenan Ozekin (Water Research Foundation)

Thanks & Acknowledgments

Steve Ansari, Jordan Beauregard, Jae Chung, Peter Colohan, Erin Derham, Rick Driggers, Olivia Ferriter, Sarah Gibson, John Keck, Caitlyn Kennedy, Kurt Mann, Jacob Radford, Dave Stroud, and Brian Ziffer

Last modified: 29 June 2016 - 12:23pm