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White House launches initiative to provide access to climate change data


From the March 20, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 20, 2014

The White House on March 19 launched a new climate data initiative aimed at providing the public with easy access to data on climate change impacts to help communities better understand and "prepare for the real-world impacts associated with climate change." The initiative is "a broad effort to leverage the Federal Government’s extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness," according to a White House fact sheet.

The initiative includes a platform hosted at data.gov that can serve as a central clearinghouse for maps, data files, and other tools related to climate preparedness, with an initial focus on coastal flooding and sea level rise; a Coastal Flooding Challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to develop data-visualization tools; and a number of private sector partnerships for the development and use of similar data. 

The fact sheet on the initiative is posted on the White House website. The data platform is accessible at http://climate.data.gov.
 

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