Water Management

Farmers, ranchers and foresters in some regions of the U.S. contend with an overabundance of water while other regions are frequently challenged by drought and water scarcity. The 100th meridian is often touted as the dividing line between the wet eastern United States and the dry, water-limited west. Projected changes in average annual precipitation show increases in much of the northern U.S. and decreases in the southern U.S., exacerbating the water-related challenges already faced in these areas. For example, an increase in spring precipitation may reduce the number of workable field days, reduce crop yields and disrupt planting operations in wetter regions. Extreme precipitation has generally increased and is projected to continue to increase across the U.S. with a warming atmosphere. Flooding related to more extreme precipitation could impact agricultural production and surface water quality as nutrient concentrations and sediment loads are washed from fields into nearby waterways.  More extreme precipitation could also increase climate risk from aging water infrastructure.

Neighborhood trees line a city street

i-Tree consists of several different applications focused on quantifying the benefits of local trees for neighborhoods and communities. Each application has a unique focus, however several calculate the carbon sequestration and/or energy savings benefits of urban trees.

i-Tree

A program to generate high-resolution climate data for climate change studies and applications in British Columbia and western North America

ClimateBC/WNA/NA

To provide up-to-date information to assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors.

Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Guide

Climate mapper

The Climate mapper provides a series of maps for relevant climate and hydrology information from past conditions and for projected future conditions across the United States to assist with decisions related to agriculture, drought and fire conditions.

Climate mapper

Herford cattle near Miles City, MT

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying different ways of managing rangelands during drought -- including matching forage demand with forage production through adaptive management. Here is a summary of on-going research into adaptive management. Adaptive Management...

Adaptive Management: Matching Forage Demand with Forage Production

Rockaways Boardwalk

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   As the climate continues to warm, both the rainfall intensity and total amount of rainfall from large storms are projected to increase. Hurricane Sandy is just one example of how these...

Building Resiliency at the Rockaways

Angus Glen 360 Image

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Angus Glen Farms practice a type of agroforestry known as silvopasture. This practice is a blend of the sustainable production of livestock, forage, and trees on the same land. Maintaining...

Agroforestry at Angus Glen

View where the Coastal Resilience program is working. Explore data and spatial analysis results for the rivers and shorelines of those locals so that managers and planners can explore the role of natural habitat in risk reduction along marine and fresh water shorelines to inform...

Coastal Resilience: Mapping portal

This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions to enhance coastal resilience.

Coastal Resilience

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