USA: New website with data on climate change effects and floods

Map of rainfalls during Sandy
TRMM rainfall maps will also be included in the new portal. Here a map showing intensity of rainfalls during Hurricane Sandy
Credits: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce

The White House is currently working with NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and different technology companies to create a website and database with information on how climate change affects public health and infrastructure in the United States. The site will pull data from the 10,000 data sets now available on the official data portal Data.Gov. The Beta version will display data on flooding and coastal flooding.

John Podesta, a senior advisor to the president, according to the website Guardian Liberty Voice, said that this new site will shed better light on the costs of inaction on climate change.

The website data.gov/climate will offer different tools for the end user, for example to calculate the effects of storm surges, rainfalls and floods in different regions in the United States. The Administration hopes not just to inform the citizens but also enable them to be more pro-active.