Advancing the Nation's Geospatial Capabilities to Promote Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Climate Planning and Resilience: A Report to the National Climate Task Force   [open pdf - 830KB]

From the Introduction: "Executive Order 14008, 'Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,' calls for the development of two companion reports. This, the second of the two reports, discusses the potential development of a consolidated Federal geographic mapping service that can facilitate public access to climate-related information to assist Federal, State, local, and Tribal governments in their local, national, and international climate planning and resilience activities. This report uses the term 'collaborative' mapping service instead of 'consolidated' mapping service to better reflect the integrated roles and participation of Federal agencies and non-Federal constituents in providing climate-related and other geospatial data and services. Geospatial data, maps, and services help users understand and address challenges at local, national, and global scales in the context of their local geography. One such challenge is the climate crisis, a problem whose solution is a national imperative that requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. The crisis caused by global climate change has many varied and interrelated facets, and numerous government agencies and nongovernmental organizations are producing data and products to understand the influences of, and the solutions needed to mitigate the different aspects of, this crisis. Geospatial data services and analysis alone cannot inform and provide solutions to all the challenges posed by climate change. However, sharing data and information is essential for climate planning and resilience and necessitates a coordinated effort by data providers, data users, and decision makers to develop their data-sharing capabilities."

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