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Climate Change Tools and Data

Actuaries Climate Index

The Actuaries Climate Index is an educational tool to inform public policymakers and actuaries about climate trends in the US and Canada, and will be updated quarterly to remain a monitoring tool. It uses six climate index components: Frequency of temperatures above the 90th percentile; Frequency of temperatures below the 10th percentile; Maximum 5-day rainfall in the month; Consecutive dry days; Winds above the 90th percentile; and Sea level. GOMA states are split into two regions: Southeast Atlantic (SEA) and Southern Plains.

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AgroClimate is a web-resource of tools and data on climate and crops that can be used to assist with decisions about the management of agricultural systems in the Southeastern U.S. AgroClimate was developed by The Southeast Climate Consortium, or SECC, which is a coalition of six universities - Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Georgia, Auburn University, and University of Alabama-Huntsville.

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Climate Impacts Group - Climate Change Scenarios

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.

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Climate Wizard

ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences to access climate change information and visualize climate impacts worldwide. It provides world maps for historic temperature and rainfall, in addition to future projections of temperature and rainfall. Maps are available for download.

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COLE (Carbon OnLine Estimator)

COLEv2.0 enables the user to examine forest carbon characteristics of any area of the continental United States.

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The CQESTR model was developed to evaluate the effect of agricultural management practices on short- and long-term soil organic matter dynamics.


Data Basin

The Data Basin Climate Center centralizes climate change-related datasets, maps and findings. Tools are provided to visualize, analyze, and communicate vulnerabilities, trends or predicted future scenarios at multiple scales.

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DayCent: Daily Century Model

DAYCENT simulates fluxes of C and N among the atmosphere, vegetation, and soil (Del Grosso et al., 2001a; Parton et al., 1998). Key submodels include soil water content and temperature by layer, plant production and allocation of net primary production (NPP), decomposition of litter and soil organic matter, mineralization of nutrients, N gas emissions from nitrification and denitrification, and CH4 oxidation in non-saturated soils.

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ecoSmart Landscapes

The ecoSmart Landscapes tool can be used to calculate carbon dioxide sequestration and building energy savings provided by individual trees.

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EPIC (The Environmental Policy Integrated Model)

EPIC predicts effects of management decisions on soil, water, nutrient and pesticide movements, and their combined impact on soil loss, water quality, and crop yields for areas with homogeneous soils and management.

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Global Carbon Atlas

The Global Carbon Atlas lets users explore, visualize and interpret national to global carbon emissions from both human activities and natural processes.

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MC1 (MAPSS-Century 1)

MC1 was created to assess the potential impacts of global climate change on ecosystem structure and function. Users can access maps, datasets, and publications that were created using this model.

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Modern-Era Retrospecitve Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA)

MERRA is a NASA reanalysis for the satellite era using a major new version of the Goddard Earth Observing System Data Assimilation System Version 5 (GEOS-5). The Project focuses on historical analyses of the hydrological cycle on a broad range of weather and climate time scales and places the NASA EOS suite of observations in a climate context.


NASA - CASA Global CQUEST - Carbon Query and Evaluation Support Tools

The CASA Global CQUEST application provides datasets and a geographical data viewer that support large-scale carbon inventory. Users can display global data on net primary productivity, net ecosystem productivity, and other variables interactively as a map and obtain data values in tabular format.

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National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)

The NADP is a cooperative effort between many different groups, including federal, state, tribal and local governmental agencies, educational institutions, private companies, and non-governmental agencies, to monitor precipitation chemistry.

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National Drought Overview (NOAA)

National drought information from 1999 through present. Includes regional and state information, and information on drought indicators.

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National Water and Climate Center (NRCS)

A map system linking to NRCS monitoring station data. Includes data on snow, precipitation, soil, reservoir storage, and streamflow.

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NOAA Digital Coast Services Center

A collection of tools and data applicable to costal management focusing on climate adaptation, coastal conservation, coastal economies, coastal hazards, community resilience, land use planning, ocean planning, and water quality.

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North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR)

The North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) is a regional reanalysis of North America containing temperatures, winds, moisture, soil data, and dozens of other parameters.

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Ogallala Agro-Climate Tool

The tool was developed by Steve Mauget and Gary Leiker with the USDA-ARS Plant Stress & Water Conservation Lab in Lubbock, Texas. The Ogallala Agro-Climate Tool is a Visual Basic application that estimates irrigation demand and crop water use over the Ogallala Aquifer region. 

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The PRISM Climate Group gathers climate observations from a wide range of monitoring networks, applies sophisticated quality control measures, and develops spatial climate datasets to reveal short- and long-term climate patterns. The resulting datasets incorporate a variety of modeling techniques and are available at multiple spatial/temporal resolutions, covering the period from 1895 to the present.



RUSLE2 was developed primarily to guide conservation planning, inventory erosion rates and estimate sediment delivery. Values computed by RUSLE2 are supported by accepted scientific knowledge and technical judgment, are consistent with sound principles of conservation planning, and result in good conservation plans.

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SCAN (Soil Climate Analysis Network)

Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) provides an interactive process to identify and retrieve data from individual SCAN sites.

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SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack and related climate sensors that conduct snow surveys for the purpose of water supply forecasting.


Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool that connects forest planning to current climate change science literature. 


U.S. Drought Portal

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) collection of drought-related products, tools, regional programs and other resources.

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U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

A seasonal drought outlook prepared by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Provides large-scale trends guided by short and long-range statistical and dynamic forecasts.

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West Texas Mesonet Agro-Climate Monitor

An ARS Cropping Systems Research Laboratory Product that features the five closest Mesonet Stations and summation tables for precipitation, drought, temperature, and forecasts.

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