Biden administration launches new government initiative to provide accessible and actionable information to individuals and communities affected by flooding, drought, wildfires, extreme heat, coastal erosion and other climate impacts that are escalating, the White House said on Tuesday. According to the White House statement, administration officials announced the launch of a revamped Climate.gov by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to improve accessibility to accurate and timely climate information.
The other announcement includes the “release of two new reports to the National Climate Working Group outlining ways the federal government will improve access to climate tools and services,” the statement said, adding “the launch of a process by Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) to assess National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) standards to help communities align their construction and land use practices with the latest knowledge in flood risk reduction. The Biden administration also announced the new and improved climate website. NOAA’s climate program office has launched a new version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely and science-based information on climate.
Climate.gov also provides access to commonly requested climate data and tools hosted by NOAA’s National Environmental Information Centers. The administration further announced interagency reports on climate information services.
In President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, the agencies produced two reports for the National Climate Information Services Working Group to help governments, communities and businesses to prepare for and adapt to climate impacts. The first report, titled “Opportunities to Expand and Improve Climate Information and Services for the Public,” charts the way forward to expand the accessibility and use of federal climate information to support all communities, including those that have been historically underserved, in climate planning. and resilience activities, according to the statement.
According to the statement, the report presents priority opportunities to focus climate services on the challenges that pose the greatest risks and opportunities to society; Foster inter-agency coordination and strategic public-private partnerships to continuously develop, deliver and advance climate services; Improve the usability, translation and relevance of climate services to support use by all Americans; and Strengthen the basic scientific capacities needed to expand and improve climate services. The second report, titled “Advancing the Nation’s Geospatial Capacities to Promote Federal, State, Local and Tribal Climate Planning and Resilience,” focuses on the role the federal government plays in providing geospatial data and mapping tools; and on the potential of a collaborative federal mapping service to make climate data more accessible, the release said.
The report recommends: Build on the FGDC’s existing GeoPlatform, which provides public access to federal geospatial data, ensuring that all agencies register their climate-related datasets; Make this data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable; and Explore potential improvements to the GeoPlatform model with new software, services or tools to help agencies and public-private partnerships develop specialized climate information products, the statement added. (ANI)
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