2022 SAG Award Winners

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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Project Goal

Local governments need accessible, easy-to-use tools to guide them through the process of identifying and integrating locally relevant datasets (from local, state, and federal agency sources) into their own tailor-made geospatial information systems to support the development of climate resilience plans. This project will test different approaches to improving local decision-making and improving federal capacity to support state and local-level priorities so that climate resilience plans may be enacted efficiently in more communities around the nation.
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Business Problem Solved

To make climate science-informed decisions, municipal, county, tribal, and state governments require tailored geospatial systems to help them quickly and easily produce locally customized maps, visuals, and text to communicate about and address local climate-related risks and opportunities. Yet federal agencies’ data can be hard to find and use, in part because they are widely scattered across agencies. Many smaller governments also lack the expertise to develop their own data-informed climate responses. Thus, local decision-makers and analysts require expert guidance to help them access, understand, and synthesize relevant climate science and products to support their local resilience planning.

Technology Implemented

Esri ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Hub, Story Maps, MapBox, and Google Maps

Development Team Biography

• Kim Valentine, NOAA Geospatial Information Officer (GIO)
• David Herring, NOAA Climate Program Office, Communication, Education, & Engagement Division Chief
• Tony LaVoi, NOAA Chief Data Officer