Empowering America's Communities to Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change: Developing Actionable Climate Science under the President's Climate Action Plan

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 8:30 AM
222A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Philip Duffy, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC; and P. Colohan, R. Driggers, D. Herring, F. Laurier, L. Petes, S. Ruffo, C. Tilmes, B. Venkataraman, and C. P. Weaver

Effective adaptation to impacts of climate change requires best-available information. To be most useful, this information should be easily found, well-documented, and translated into tools that decision-makers use and trust. To meet these needs, the President's Climate Action Plan includes efforts to develop “actionable climate science”.

The Climate Data Initiative (CDI) leverages the Federal Government's extensive, open data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of actions to prepare for climate change. The Initiative forges commitments and partnerships from the private, NGO, academic, and public sectors to create data-driven tools. Open data from Federal agencies to support this innovation is available on Climate.Data.gov, initially focusing on coastal flooding but soon to expand to topics including food, energy, water, energy, transportation, and health.

The Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT) will facilitate access to data-driven resilience tools, services, and best practices, including those accessible through the CDI. The CRT will also include access to training and tutorials, case studies, engagement forums, and other information sources.

The Climate Action Plan also calls for a public-private partnership on extreme weather risk, with the goal of generating improved assessments of risk from different types of extreme weather events, using methods and data that are transparent and accessible.

Finally, the U.S. Global Change Research Program and associated agencies work to advance the science necessary to inform decisions and sustain assessments.

Collectively, these efforts represent increased emphasis across the Federal Government on the importance of information to support climate resilience.