Tag Archives: Online tools

EPA Releases Climate Adjustment Tool

On Feb.13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for its Stormwater Management Model — a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool enables engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future such climate change projections as more frequent high-intensity […]

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New Tool Helps Analyze Global Flood Risks

According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), more people are affected by floods than by any other type of natural disaster. Most of the people affected by river flooding live in developing countries, according to an analysis by WRI and four Dutch research organizations. Examining 164 countries, researchers found that the top 15 countries affected […]

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NOAA Tool Helps Protect Coral Reefs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management is highlighting the use of its Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (OpenNSPECT) for protecting coral reefs from stormwater runoff. Sediment and other sources of land-based pollution are a primary threat to coral reefs in many island environments. The tool applies broadly to investigations […]

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USGS Releases New Groundwater Toolbox

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed and made available online its national summary report on the quality of the U.S. groundwater — an assessment of 6,600 wells. Groundwater provides drinking water for about 115 million people, or more than a third of the nation. Yet 22% of groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant […]

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Crowdsourcing Water Data

Technology is increasing opportunities for crowdsourcing water data. CrowdHydrology, a new phone application that debuted at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Dec. 2014, allows citizen scientists to report stream depths at various gauging stations and is run in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. The stations have signs asking people to report the stream […]

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EPA and NOAA Release Storm Surge Resources

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane and one of the main causes of coastal inundation. It also can cause damage and flooding many miles inland. Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. are vulnerable to storm surge, and it is […]

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Department of the Interior Launches New Datasets to Improve Climate Resiliency

On December 9, the Department of the Interior announced the release of two new dataset hubs. Part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the datasets will help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Hundreds of datasets from […]

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FEMA Releases Fact Sheets and Data Visualization Tool

In November 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally issued new mapping standards for “Adequate Progress” (Zone A99) and “Flood Protection Restoration” (Zone AR) determinations. The agency has since updated its Zone A99 and Zone AR fact sheets to reflect changes in law and the new mapping standards. Communities may want to apply for […]

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New Mapping Software Helps Reduce Erosion and Water Pollution

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new software tool to help reduce agricultural runoff and erosion. The erosion vulnerability assessment for agricultural lands tool (EVAAL) integrates satellite imaging and geographic information system (GIS) technology at increments as small as 3 m2 (32 ft2) or as large as 70 km2 (30 mi2). […]

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Sea Grant Releases Great Lakes Monitoring Data Website

On Dec. 1, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) announced a new website that displays environmental data from across the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Monitoring application, created in conjunction with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by […]

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