The Drought Management Database collects and provides examples of how different U.S. regions and sectors are responding to and mitigating drought. This online database can be useful for various levels of government looking to engage in drought preparedness and response planning, as well as for sectoral decision makers looking to undertake similar planning efforts, as it provides real-world examples and lessons learned.
The Drought Impact Reporter is an online database that maps recorded drought impacts in the United States. The Drought Impact Reporter defines a drought impact as “an observable loss or change that occurred at a specific place or time because of drought.” The reporter maps the number of drought-related impacts down to the county level, and provides critical information detailing type, location, and extent of drought impact, along with relevant source information.
The Creating Resilient Water Utilities (formerly the Climate Ready Water Utilities [CRWU]) Toolbox is an online compendium of climate-related information useful for water sector practitioners. Resources are categorized into one of the following groups: publications and reports; case studies; workshops; and adaptation strategies. Users can also browse region-specific resources through an interactive map, or query specific resources according to different types of water resources, climate change impacts, and/or responses.
The Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) is a self-assessment tool, in worksheet form, that evaluates community storm preparedness and recovery potential. Designed for quick and easy use by community leaders, the CRI guides discussion and self-assessment of important coastal assets — including infrastructure and facilities, transportation, community plans, mitigation measures, business plans, and social systems — in relation to self-defined storm scenarios, facilitating identification of areas where community resilience could be bolstered.
The EPA’s Climate Change and Water: Resources and Tools page provides information and links to various resources, data sources, and tools to facilitate climate-informed water management. Information is categorized into the following groups: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, tribal, climate change and water science and research, data and tools, and for kids and educators.
BASINS was developed by the EPA to integrate environmental data, analysis tools, and watershed and water quality models to help inform watershed management and total maximum daily load (TMDL) development efforts. BASINS is a desktop application that utilizes GIS capabilities to compare how land use change and various management practices affect water quality. Through BASINS, users can access national and local data related to watersheds, and can apply assessment and planning tools and run nonpoint loading and water quality models.
For water systems utilizing aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) for water storage, the ASR Recovery Initiation Index is a spreadsheet-based tool that can help managers decide when to initiate recovery (i.e., pumping of water stored in the aquifer).
Arc Hydro is a set of data models geared to support water resources applications. It features two components, the Arc Hydro Data Model and Arc Hydro Tools. This model focuses on surface water dynamics. ESRI provides case studies to inform modeling efforts and provide best practices, along with a number of hydrological tools to further improve the Hydro Data Model. This will allow users to model potential changes in hydrological flow resulting from climate change.
The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) provides a variety of forecasts from the National Weather Service regarding potential magnitude and uncertainty of flood and drought events. The AHPS offers hydrologic forecasts for close to 4,000 locations throughout the United States, and forecasts can be produced from hours to months in advance. The tool mainly draws upon data from the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (https://water.usgs.gov/nsip), a national network of stream gauges.