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Digital Clearinghouse Launched to Help New York Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather

A group of New York state, federal, university and public-private organizations have created a new website with climate-related resources to help New York communities develop clean and resilient infrastructure strategies.

The new web-based tool, called the Climate Change Science Clearinghouse, provides access to more than 1,000 maps, data sets and documents that show the effects of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources, ecosystems, agriculture and public health. The site also provides information on greenhouse gas reduction strategies and how to incorporate clean energy into future decisions.

new yorkAmong the information on the site, for example, is the recommendation to protect telecommunications systems from vulnerabilities that include reduced service due to extreme-heat-related power outages. The site suggests adaptation strategies, such as minimizing the effects of power outages by providing backup power at cell towers with, for example, solar-powered battery banks.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on May 6 said that it worked with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, Cornell University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with other local, state and federal agencies, and agencies from other Northeast states, not-for-profits and community organizations.

Ellen Mecray, regional climate services director, Eastern region, NOAA said in a statement: “The New York Clearinghouse is an exciting investment from NYSERDA. New York is leading the way in the Northeast region with the introduction of this state-scale compilation of climate-related information. There is something in this tool for all of the major sectoral areas interested in planning for greater resilience in the face of a changing climate.” 

Image credit: Climate Change Science Clearinghouse.