Oregon is one of many states studying and planning for the health impacts of climate change. As a participant in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative, the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division (OHA) is undertaking a climate and health adaptation planning process known as BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects). The Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report is a principal component in the BRACE framework.
Sea level rise and coastal flooding threaten small businesses and the tourism industry in Beaufort and Port Royal, South Carolina. In 2014, Beaufort’s mayor and the president of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce formed a Sea Level Rise Task Force to examine vulnerable sites in the area and recommend adaptation strategies. After publishing a final report in May 2017, Task Force members shared their findings with local businesses and residents to build local support for adaptation action.
This report synthesizes select findings from four separate stakeholder studies aimed at documenting preferences for adapting cultural resources at Cape Lookout National Seashore. The four stakeholder studies included: (1) on-site structured interviews with park visitors, (2) interviews with community members, (3) online survey questionnaires with members of Cape Lookout National Seashore partner organizations, and (4) an online survey with cultural resource management and historic preservation experts.
Climate adaptation is a process for minimizing the risks of damage or loss to coastal archaeological sites. Yet, adaptation requires identifying and prioritizing among the diverse aspects of a site’s significance, as not all sites can be simultaneously adapted due to financial and human capital constraints.
The satellite imagery analysis tool provides a screening level analysis to prompt field verification and sampling to confirm the status of a suspected cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom and presence of toxic species. This map displays estimated levels of cyanobacteria in large water bodies, calculated from satellite imagery in order to better understand potential risks to public health. Data is displayed in map form to show the spatial extent of blooms and is also viewable in long and short timelines to show how concentrations vary over time.
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. We are now in all fifty states.
Human health and well-being are closely tied to the environment, which provides benefits such as clean water, clean air, and protection from natural hazards. Chemical and non-chemical stressors can impact the environment’s ability to provide these benefits, also known as ecosystem goods and services. EnviroAtlas provides geospatial data, easy-to-use tools, and other resources related to ecosystem services, their stressors, and human health.
HABSOS is a data collection and distribution system for harmful algal bloom (HAB) information in the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of HABSOS is to provide environmental managers, scientists, and the public with a data driven resource for HAB events. Cell counts and environmental information are combined into a single product and distributed on a map powered by ArcGIS. HABSOS strives to provide the most accurate picture of harmful algal bloom location and quantity by using the latest sample data available.
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. Integrated ocean information is available in near real time, as well as retrospectively. Easier and better access to this information is improving our ability to understand and predict coastal events - such as storms, wave heights, and sea level change. Such knowledge is needed for everything from retail to development planning.