To help communities and individuals plan for the risks of sea level rise, heavy downpours, extreme heat, and other climate-change-related impacts, the U.S. Government is releasing today a collection of software tools, datasets and informational resources containing information useful for assessing the impacts of climate change on the transportation facilities, operations, and the transportation system.

Among the products, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies, are

  • Tools for assembling regional downscaled climate projections containing the variables most useful to transportation engineers and planners;
  • Tools for assessing relative sea-level rise, erosion risk, and flooding developed by FEMA, NOAA, USGS and USACE;
  • Geospatial data on the location of US transportation networks;
  • Datasets on passenger and freight movements;
  • Tools for assessing the vulnerability of transportation facilities to climate change;
  • Digital elevation and hydrologic datasets developed by USGS, NOAA, and other agencies;
  • Case studies, methodological guidance, and archived instructional webinars.

These resources will be helpful to State and local government agencies, urban and regional planners, architects and engineers, transportation system operators, and anyone with an interest in climate change impacts.

What Kind of Climate Data Can I Find?

In this emerging climate data resource, you can find datasets and web services, as well as tools, related to coastal flooding and sea level rise. We are featuring key resources to help you get started building data layers and tools on this area of climate impact at the resources section.

Using the data, tools, and maps tabs, you can find more datasets related to coastal flooding risks to communities. If you are an entrepreneur or innovator looking for a problem to solve, visit the challenges.

Here you can find datasets related to coastal flooding risks to communities. In the coming months, we’ll feature datasets, services, and tools related to:

  • Climate change and human health
  • Vulnerability of food systems to climate change
  • Vulnerability of the energy supply to climate change
  • Vulnerability of ecosystems
  • …and more

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Release of Infrastructure and Geographic Map Data for Climate-Preparedness

To help communities and citizens plan for the risks of coastal flooding and other climate-change-related impacts, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey are releasing today a collection of non-sensitive datasets containing mapping information on hundreds of thousands of the Nation’s infrastructure units and geographical features, including bridges, roads, railroad tunnels, canals, and river gauges. These data are being made available via user-friendly mapping services on Geoplatform.gov and Climate.data.gov.

Climate Data in Action

These post-Superstorm Sandy maps for New York City and New Jersey and New York states show how the floodplain will change under different scenarios of sea level rise.

Surging Seas uses government data to project sea level rise scenarios for the coastal United States.

NASA and NOAA Launch Coastal Flooding Innovation Challenge

Want to solve an innovation challenge to address climate change? The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration offering four climate-related challenges, including…

Coastal Inundation in Your Community
Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risk of damage and danger from flooding. Your challenge is to create tools and provide information so communities can prepare for coastal inundation. Through the use of data, visualizations, citizen engagement, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.

Space Apps is a two-day event (April 12-13, 2014) that has about 40 challenges organized around Earth and space themes. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges. Visit the resources tab to find datasets, web services, and tools that will help you compete in the Space Apps Challenge on the coastal impacts of climate change.