FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Launches New Climate Portal to Help Communities Manage the Impacts of Climate Change

Interactive mapping features will provide communities with location-based information on extreme heat, drought, wildfires and other climate impacts

Today, the Biden-Harris administration is launching a website that, for the first time, provides a live dashboard to help communities see the extreme weather and other climate change risks they face. , while also providing maps showing how each community might be affected in the future. The new Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal will help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and leaders better track real-time impacts and access federal resources for long-term planning.

Americans are feeling the increasingly intense effects of the climate crisis – extreme heat across the country, including the dangerous “heat dome” that gripped California this week; record flooding in the South and Midwest; Drought in the west is straining water supplies on which millions of people depend; and more forest fires threatening communities. Last year, the top 20 climate-related disasters alone claimed hundreds of lives, caused untold suffering and caused more than $150 billion in damage.

In addition to providing more detailed, location-specific data on climate threats, the new portal also brings together several federal information sources and funding opportunities to help communities better prepare for and respond to climate impacts, including including the historic resiliency funding of the bipartisan Presidential Infrastructure Act. for states and communities across the country. Along with the Cut Inflation Act, the Biden-Harris administration is providing historic levels of support to expand resilience programs, protect American communities, economies and infrastructure from worsening effects of climate change and improve the country’s mapping and climate data capabilities.

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Helping communities better understand and plan for climate risks

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation Portal is a one-of-a-kind hub that will help communities, federal agencies and other levels of government better understand current exposure to climate risks to strengthen their resilience plans. . The portal, which will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the community, includes:

  • Real-time monitoring dashboard: To help track the climate-related hazards affecting communities every day, a new dashboard brings together maps showing areas currently subject to extreme heat advisories, drought conditions and inland and coastal flood warnings, as well as the locations of active wildfires and the areas of poor air quality they produce.
  • Local climate exposure ratings: In addition to real-time data on extreme weather events, the portal also helps communities understand their historical and future exposure to various climate impacts. The portal’s assessment tool provides reports on heat, drought, and flood risks down to the census tract level, including projections of future impacts under low and high emissions scenarios , based on climate models used in the US National Climate Assessment. This interactive app will help local resilience planners and other users understand how future temperature, rainfall, and flood conditions could impact their community in the near term and by mid- to late-century .
  • Funding opportunities and other federal resources: The portal also centralizes federal data, programs, and funding opportunities available to support resilience efforts, including resources for extreme heat, drought, wildfires, floods, coastal flooding, and uplift. sea ​​level. The CMRA assessment tool will also help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments develop data-driven proposals to access federal funding.

Build on climate data efforts across the administration

The new web portal is an offshoot of a National Climate Task Force initiative to provide more accessible climate information and decision tools, as requested by President Biden in his Executive Order on Climate Change. against the climate crisis at home and abroad. As part of this initiative, last year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a redesigned Climate.gov and this year the National Integrated Heat Health Information System launched the new Heat.gov, using data sources that are now integrated into the CMRA. gate.

The assessment tool also incorporates information from federal initiatives, including:

  • Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool: As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative, this screening tool identifies disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution. The assessment tool also identifies these census tracts, helping planners at all levels of government to prioritize equity when designing and implementing resilience projects.
  • Building Code Adoption Tracking Portal: As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s nationwide initiative to advance building codes, FEMA continues to update its building code adoption tracking portal on the state of building codes. state, local, tribal and territorial codes and whether these codes provide resistance to hazards such as flooding. , hurricanes and tornadoes. This information on whether an area is covered by a hazard-resistant building code is reported in the assessment tool.
  • Updated sea level rise data: Earlier this year, the administration released the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, with updated projections of sea level rise through 2150 for all U.S. states and territories. This data is integrated into the resources of the Coastal Flood Portal.

Under President Biden’s leadership, the administration has secured historic new investments to further improve our nation’s climate mapping and data capabilities. NOAA uses the resources of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to improve a wide range of climate data and services, including flood forecasting, soil moisture monitoring, and wildfire prediction and detection. Additionally, the Cut Inflation Act provides resources to NOAA to improve computing capacity, forecasting, and research on weather and climate impacts, as well as overfunding for the Air Quality Council. to stimulate data collection on disproportionate environmental damage and climate impacts.

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