FEMA and its partners launched the Climate Risk and Resilience Portal (ClimRR), a free access, climate science modeling portal designed for community leaders offering localized data about future climate risks to conduct climate risk-informed analyses in order to support decision-making and adaptation efforts. Initial hazards included in ClimRR are temperature, precipitation, wind and drought conditions.
Data from the ClimRR combined with infrastructure information sourced from the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT), allows users to understand local-scale climate risks in the context of existing community demographics and infrastructure.
ClimRR was developed by the Center for Climate Resilience and Decision Science (CCRDS) at Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with AT&T and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Through this collaboration, AT&T has made the data used in ClimRR publicly available. It is designed to help community leaders and public safety officials understand the impacts of increasing climate risks on different communities, and guide investment in infrastructure and other measures to protect those communities.
Over the course of the next year, additional climate impacts will be added including inland and coastal flooding, drought, and wildfire. More tools and resources will be shared to help users apply this data to their analytic and planning needs. To demonstrate effective strategies for ClimRR data, “Use Cases” are available to help decision makers think about how to analyze and operationalize the data. The ClimRR Report Generator provides climate, community, and infrastructure data for local areas in an easy-to-read report. The ClimRR Data Explorer allows users to conduct analyses using various climate, community, and infrastructure datasets.
- Provide free and equitable access to leading, peer-reviewed climate datasets to support analysis and data-driven planning for future climate risks.
- Empower non-technical individuals, organizations, planners and decision-makers at state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to gain awareness of future climate conditions and to conduct climate risk-informed analyses to support decision-making and adaptation efforts.
- Enable technical audiences to access to data and apply results to examine infrastructure design criteria, development plans, and other technical analyses that would benefit from the use of robust data for future climate conditions.
- Contextualize how climate risks factor into equity considerations and barriers to community and infrastructure disaster resilience.
- Provide near-nationwide assessments of the variables affecting future climate conditions and their potential impacts.
Author: Brandon Haley