Climate Change Resource Library

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Federal Resources

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Agricultural Applied Climate Information System
This system is a repository for data collected at stations in the National Weather Service Cooperative Network.  Data and several standard summary reports are available.  Historically, the most common summary reports used in NRCS are TAPS (temperature and precipitation summary), FROST (frost-free days), GROWTH (growing season length), and WETS (wetlands determination). AgACIS is supported by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

PRISM
USDA has a long-term partnership with the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University. PRISM is a technique that uses point data in conjunction with a digital elevation model to create gridded datasets of precipitation and temperature for the U.S.


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources) with Climate Assessment Tool (CAT) Add In
BASINS is a multi-purpose environmental analysis system that integrates geographical information system (GIS), watershed data, and environmental assessment and modeling tools into one convenient package. BASINS CAT provides flexible capabilities for creating climate change scenarios. BASINS CAT can be used to assess the coupled effects of climate and land-use change, and to guide the development of effective management responses. 

Climate Ready Water Utilities
CRWU provides water sector utilities (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities) with the practical tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options.

Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS)
HAWQS is a water quantity and quality modeling system that evaluates the impacts of management alternatives, pollution control scenarios and climate change scenarios

Integrated Climate and Landscape Use Scenarios (ICLUS)
The EPA Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) project develops scenarios broadly consistent with global-scale, peer-reviewed storylines of population growth and economic development. These scenarios are used by climate change modelers to develop projections of future climate. The site includes the EPA Land Use Scenarios Final Report and downloadable ICLUS Datasets. The ICLUS tool for ArcGIS is also available.

Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) with Climate Assessment Tool (CAT) Add In
SWMM is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model used for single event or long-term simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. Users can include any combination of low impact development (LID)/green infrastructure controls to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater. SWMM includes a climate adjustment tool (SWMM-CAT), which is a simple to use software that applies monthly climate adjustment factors onto precipitation and temperature data.  

Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
This training module is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. 
 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Appalachian LCC Conservation Design Framework
Researchers identified five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions as well as broad landscapes that connect them. Small areas that are likely to contain larger ecological significance than their size would suggest were also mapped. Examples of aquatic and terrestrial conservation targets are provided that represent design elements. All of the elements are assessed in regards to the three major landscape level threats in the geography (climate change, energy development, and urbanization from housing density). Since cultural resources are an additional critical piece of conservation design in the Appalachians, a conceptual framework was developed for mapping these resources across the entire geography and will be integrated in a future iteration of the conservation design.

Climate Change Webpage - Southeast Region Office
Information and resources on climate change in the southeast. 

National Conservation Training Center
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a variety of conservation related courses. Some are in person / on-campus courses while others are offered online. Topics include climate change, ecology and field biology, environmental education, watercraft safety, outreach and partnerships and more. 

StreamNotes
StreamNotes is an aquatic and riparian systems publication that has the objective of facilitating knowledge transfer from research and development to on-the-ground application, through technical articles, case studies, and news items. Stream related topics include hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic biology, riparian plant ecology, and climate change.

 

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Active Groundwater Level Network
The Active Groundwater Level Network contains water levels and well information from thousands of wells that have been measured by the USGS or USGS cooperators at least once within the past 13 months. Only one site exists within the Cumberland River Basin.  This site is also within the agency's Climate Response Network.

Actual Evapotranspiration Modeling
This project applies evapotranspiration remote sensing at two scales, 1) across the full landscape at 1000 m MODIS resolution (as a component of the water budget to support water availability studies, and 2) on agricultural lands at 100 m Landsat resolution (for estimating crop water use). Actual ET (ETa) is produced using the operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) model (Senay and others, 2013) for the period 2000 to present. 

Actual Evapotranspiration attributed to 12-digit Hydrologic Unit Code Watersheds data is available here

DayMet Precipitation Attributed to 12-digit Hydrologic Unit Code Watersheds
Daymet is a collection of algorithms and computer software designed to interpolate and extrapolate from daily meteorological observations to produce gridded estimates of daily weather parameters. Weather parameters generated include daily surfaces of minimum and maximum temperature, precipitation, humidity, and radiation produced on a 1 km x 1 km gridded surface over the conterminous United States, Mexico, and Southern Canada.

Hydro-Climatic Data Network
The USGS Hydro-Climatic Data Network is a subset of all USGS streamgages for which the streamflow primarily reflects prevailing meteorological conditions for specified years. These stations were screened to exclude sites where human activities, such as artificial diversions, storage, and other activities in the drainage basin or the stream channel, affect the natural flow of the watercourse. In addition, sites were included in the network because their record length was sufficiently long for analysis of patterns in streamflow over time. The purpose of the network is to provide a streamflow dataset suitable for analyzing hydrologic variations and trends in a climatic context.

Ohio River Basin Forecast Center
River forecasts for waters within the Ohio River Basin from the National Weather Service. Includes watches and warnings, observed and forecast precipitation, radar and satellite information, 30 day water resources outlook map, and a 90 day flood risk outlook map, climatological flows, climate change and other related information. 

Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER) - Kentucky
WATER was developed to provide a method of estimating streamflow, water availability, and other hydrologic information in un-gaged Kentucky basins. WATER incorporates and processes geospatial data to quantitatively describe topography, soil-water storage, climate, streamflow, and other parameters. WATER is also designed so that it can be expanded for other science and regulatory applications including, but not limited to, sediment and nutrient loads, evaluation of surface mining effects (Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessments), as well as flows that are necessary for ecological viability. 
 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. 

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Climate Friendly Parks Action Plan - Big South Fork
In 2015, Big South Fork NRRA became a certified Climate Friendly Park. Through certification, stronger strategies will be developed to mitigate more greenhouse gas emissions as well as an education plan to give visitors science based information about climate change.

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Website
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natchez Trace Parkway Website
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natural Resource Inventory
Data and resources on baseline water quality, climate, species, history and more all national parks across the Cumberland River Basin and in the United States. 

Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

 

State Resources - KENTUCKY

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change in Kentucky
This climate change chapter of Kentucky’s Wildlife Action Plan is meant to be a stand-alone first step towards planning for and mitigating against negative impacts of climate change. As climate scientists develop local and regionally-specific models with higher degrees of certainty, this plan will be revised to focus on detailed, specific actions to safeguard Kentucky’s species and habitats of greatest conservation need.

State Wildlife Action Plan - KY
In order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan. These proactive plans, known technically as “comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term. Kentucky's most recent plan was completed in 2013. 
 

STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE

TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee
This Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency report is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on climate change and its expected impacts on fish and wildlife and the habitats that they occupy. TWRA also offers this related fact sheet

State Wildlife Action Plan Website
To ensure conservation programs funded by State Wildlife Grants are designed for maximum benefits to nongame wildlife, Congress mandated that all states must complete a detailed State Wildlife Action Plan by October 1, 2005. The SWAP addresses 8 elements required by Congress for each plan, including identifying species of greatest conservation need, their habitat, threats, conservation actions and more, and will be revised every 10 years. The primary goal of the SWAP will be to prevent wildlife from declining to the point of endangerment. The plan itself can be viewed here. Chapters can be viewed independently including: Overview of Tennessee and Approach to the State Wildlife Action PlanTennessee State Accomplishments under the 2005 SWAPSpecies of Greatest Conservation Need and Priority HabitatsProblems Affecting Species and HabitatsConservation Strategies and ActionsMonitoring for Results and Adaptive Management and others. The 2005 SWAP can be viewed here. 


U.T. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
Tennessee Water Resources Research Center Annual Technical Report FY 2015-16
A report that covers a variety of TWRRCA work including: 104B Seed Grants; Student Stipends; Nutrient, Climate, and Outreach initiatives. 

 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

NASHVILLE M.P.O.
Building Resilience: A Climate Adaption Plan
In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization came together to create a climate adaptation plan for Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Robertson, and Maury Counties in Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Area MPO took a local leadership role to engage with the Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies program and lead the region toward climate resilience with an adaptation plan that addresses the local climate risks and fits local conditions and culture.

Cumberland Region GreenPrint
The GIS GreenPrint Tools for Quality Growth web-based publication fulfills the need for a regional GIS based decision making tool that can be used by local and state government planners to insure access to and knowledge of critical lands for conservation. The information in this report is intended to provide a better basis for decision making as projected impacts and costs of land use and transportation decisions are being made and land resource conservation priorities are included in local and regional plans.

 

Non-GOvernmental Organization RESOURCES

AMERICAN RIVERS
Energy Development and Rivers
A variety of energy development related resources. Topics include: Hydropower: Is It Really "Clean Energy?",Hydropower and Climate ChangeMining's Toxic Legacy on RiversFracking, Oil, and Gas Development, andPipeline Failures and our Water Supplies.

Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and WetlandsHow Stormwater Affects Your RiversSewage Pollution in RiversWater Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water InfrastructurePharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our WaterThe Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities
 

CLIMATE SOLUTIONS UNIVERSITY
Adaptation Plans
Each community that participates in Climate Solutions University creates a climate adaptation plan. The adaptation plans are completed at the local level, using our refined, expert process (which is delivered online).

Building Resilience: A Climate Adaptation Plan (Draft)
This plan was developed by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in collaboration with Climate Solutions University (CSU), the Cumberland River Compact, and the Model Forest Policy Program. The purpose of the document is to identify the primary climate and non-climate stressors facing the Middle Tennessee region and to propose solutions to address these risks. 

Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Sumner County Tennessee
This document more comprehensively examines the impact of climate change upon Sumner County’s resources and economy and includes specific measures that will mitigate impacts upon forest and water resources. 

Implementation Plans
Have you assessed your community’s climate risks and identified resilience goals? If so, Model Forest Policy Program’sClimate Solutions Implementation Project is ready to help you reach your climate adaptation goals. CSU has a variety of ways to support your implementation activities. Get ready to make real progress in building the resilience and capacity of your organization, staff, and community!

Map
An interactive map of communities and organizations with whom Climate Solutions University has worked or is working. Communities/Organizations in the Cumberland River Basin include the City of Cookeville and Putnam County, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Organization, and Sumner County. 
 

CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Climate Resiliency
Proactive actions provide good risk management, avoid costs, and help ensure that during our region’s rapid we maintain the natural components of resiliency- tree canopy, headwater streams with natural floodplains and buffer zones, local food production, and open space for public health, safety, recreation, and quality of life. The Compact is moving the basin toward resilience in collaboration with Climate Solutions University, The Nashville Area MPO, and others using climate resilience education, planning, policies and practices.


THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tennessee
This report, part of a series of state studies, highlights the economic impacts of climate change in Tennessee and provides examples of additional ripple effects such as reduced spending in other sectors and resulting losses of jobs, wages, and even tax revenues.