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.
Historical, racial and economic injustices have led to health disparities in Oregon. Certain populations, including communities of color, have been forced to shoulder an unfair share of stressors, while having less access to the resources and opportunities to cope and adapt. These disparities are symptoms of social and environmental conditions that ultimately affect us all, no matter who we are or where we live. They inhibit our ability to reach our public health goals and build resilient communities.
This State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan is the official statement of Nevada’s statewide hazard mitigation goals, strategies, and priorities. Hazard mitigation can be defined as any action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural and human-caused disasters.
The most important parts of the plan are contained in Sections Three and Section Four. Section Three contains the five elements of the Risk Assessment process:
The Problem: As climate change advances and its pace quickens, traditional conservation goals and strategies are increasingly at risk of failure. The scientific consensus is clear: climate change is happening and human activities, including fossil fuel emissions and land conversion, are the reason. Because climate governs the basis for life, changes in climate will affect natural systems and species around the globe. For conservation investors—philanthropic organizations, private donors, public agencies, and local governments—this presents a challenge.
As climate change continues to affect natural systems in the coming years, land trusts may need to adapt their approach, their properties and even their guiding philosophies. What do we do about climate change? This is the essential question of climate change adaptation. And, for many land trusts, what to do and how to adapt are becoming central to everything from the drafting of conservation easements and the siting of buildings to the rethinking of what should be protected in the first place.
Wildfire in western U.S. federally managed forests has increased substantially in recent decades, with large (>1000 acre) fires in the decade through 2012 over five times as frequent (450 percent increase) and burned area over ten times as great (930 percent increase) as the 1970s and early 1980s. These changes are closely linked to increased temperatures and a greater frequency and intensity of drought. Projected additional future warming implies that wildfire activity may continue to increase in western forests.