White House, NOAA and DOI launch climate risk assessment website

The White House, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Department of the Interior unveiled a new geospatial website developed by Esri with the goal of informing communities about climate-related risks in real time.

NOAA said Thursday that the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal also provides nonprofit organizations and federal, state, local and tribal governments with analysis of projected long-term hazard exposure and assistance in identifying funds to support climate resilience projects.

“This website is designed as a one-stop shop to equip people on the ground with the tools they need to plan and prepare, and to access federal resources to build resilience,” noted the Deputy National Advisor for the Ali Zaidi climate.

Climate maps and data, building code standards, economic justice, social vulnerability information and other non-climate data, and federal grant funding opportunities are available on CMRA. The portal also has a tool for assessing climatic conditions to help planners and managers in their decision-making tasks.

In addition, the CMRA supports the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and other federal investments.

Portal development was co-funded by NOAA and DOI using the BIL 2022 grant. Esri and an interagency collaboration group worked on the initiative.

Edwin S. Wolfe