Thanks to the folks and the Model Forest Policy Project for passing on a useful new resource to guide engaging vulnerable populations. It was shared by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM). The focus is on water resource issues from the Corps of Engineers. Should be very relevant to our work with climate and hazard mitigation planning and with vulnerable populations in general.
Although Alaska Native communities have had downscaled SNAP climate projections available for their locations, now all Tribes in the Lower 48 contiguous states can also quickly access county-level climate projections from the Data & Maps Section of any Tribal Fact Sheet in the Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide. (Quick Filter by typing in a few distinct letters from the official name of any Tribe to quickly jump to the correct fact sheet link from the full Tribal List of 567 federally recognized Tribes).
The Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS) is a web-based interactive water quantity and quality modeling system that employs as its core modeling engine the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), an internationally-recognized public domain model. HAWQS provides users with interactive web interfaces and maps; pre-loaded input data; outputs that include tables, charts, and raw output data; a user guide, and online development, execution, and storage of a user's modeling projects. https://epahawqs.tamu.edu/
Oct. 9, 2015
Horn of Africa Drying Ever Faster as Climate Warms
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Horn of Africa has become increasingly arid in sync with the global and regional warming of the last century and at a rate unprecedented in the last 2,000 years, according to new research led by a University of Arizona geoscientist.
The region has suffered deadly droughts every few years in recent decades.
As water becomes more of valuable commodity in the United States, competition between public and private uses for this resource is heating up. This has caused a disturbing trend in governmental sector which seems to be succumbing to political pressure to side more often with corporate interest wishing to privatize water use.