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The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA)

What is the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, or the CMRA, how does it work, and how will it help the Biden administration and the United States as a whole work towards their climate goals?
Ecology News
2023-08-24T00:00:00.000Z
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It’s no secret that the Biden administration has been working to up the environmental game in the United States, but it can be hard to keep track of all of the new measures in place – such as the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, also known as the CMRA.

What is the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, or the CMRA, how does it work, and how will it help the Biden administration and the United States as a whole work towards their climate goals?

In this article, we’ll talk about the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, why it’s important, and how it plans to support vulnerable regions and communities in the midst of climate change.

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What is the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation?

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, or known as the CMRA for short, is an interactive and user-friendly virtual mapping experience created by the NOAA and the Department of Interior to help make the Biden’s administration goal of making climate information more available into a reality. It was announced it would be released late last year in September 2022 by the Biden-Harris administration. 

The interactive tool allows users to discover more information about climate hazards and even provide assistance for federal agencies and recipients of federal funds to improve climate resilience in how to identify, prioritize, and employ the correct measures to improve climate resiliency. 

👉An example of this can be assisting these federal agencies or recipients for climate resilience funding in how to make climate-friendly infrastructure investments or how to make residential properties up to code with the natural disaster threats in their area.

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On the interactive platform for Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, users can discover in-depth information about five of the most threatening climate-related hazards impacting society today.

Here are the five main focus areas for the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation program:

Coastal inundation (which is when sea levels rise so high, that it floods buildings and puts people in harm's way – this occurs in areas with already unusually high sea levels).

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Some of the primary features of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation include:

  • Exploring the previous five climate-related hazards and how they impact communities and regions across the country listed above;
  • Accessing to readily-available computer analyzed data;
  • Assistance in creating a hazard report for your area and its relevant climate hazard

How does the interactive and informative nature of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation help in the midst of climate change?

What are the main goals of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation?

There are multiple goals for the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation tool, seeing as the interactive map and data can be relevant for multiple regions suffering from various consequences of climate change.

👉 However, the main goal of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation is to make climate information more accessible to local and state leaders in order to help them develop the most effective environmental legislation possible.

Some of the ways that the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation tool can ultimately help to fight against climate change and build more sustainable and climate resilient cities and communities include:

  • Helping communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change (such as cities prone to the damages caused by hurricanes or coastal communities alongside large bodies of water like the Great Lakes) be provided with better access to science, technology, and data surrounding climate change in their area to develop improved proactive measures to develop better environmental policies and protocols to protect residents
  • Encourage better action plans to build more resilient communities through data and supportive resources
  • Help those who have been granted funding to create more climate resilient measures to optimize the funds they have been given to their full-extent
  • Provide projection data to help those vulnerable communities plan for not only the near-future, but the develop long-term plans to build greater climate resiliency 

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How does the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation work?

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation works as an interactive map where users can input their current location and retrieve both visual and numerical data on how climate conditions are expected to change throughout the course of their lifetime.

👉 Did you know that nearly 65% of our general population are visual learners? This is one of the greatest advantages of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation: as it can help people to remember the alarming data surrounding climate change and how their current areas will continue to be affected if stronger measures aren’t taken.

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation works to its advantage when it shows the time frame in which populations and infrastructure are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and will provide users with the necessary data that can help these areas to develop proactive strategies to help prevent catastrophic events from occurring.

👉 Ultimately, the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation works as a virtual map online to map heat waves, flooding, droughts, sea level rises and wildfires across the United States.

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation also provides a camera assessment tool that can help to give greater insight into how these conditions may change in the future and over time as climate change progresses.

Besides serving as a visual aid, those seeking to use the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, will also have access to precise data and exact numbers that can help users adjust their funding proposals, such as for the new Climate Resilience Regional Challenge, or when implementing new climate legislation.

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Lastly, the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation will also provide insight if buildings aren’t up to code given the surrounding area’s climate conditions. 

Besides climate data to help communities optimize their funding or federal entities in developing environmental regulations, the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation offers more resources such as redirecting users to available funding opportunities, or more detailed federal policies that adhere to climate resilience planning. In addition to this, demographics, climate models, and further information on the environment and infrastructure are provided on the website.

Who helped to bring the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation interactive tool to life?

Vulnerable regions across the United States don’t just have the NOAA, U.S. Department of Interior, or the Biden administration to thank for the new interactive Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation tool, but all of the following entities as well:

  • U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • White House Office of Management and Budget
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee

👉 Without the digital and scientific expertise of partners like the U.S. Global Change Research Program and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy or the federal knowledge on behalf of the White House Office of Management and Budget – the various resources available on behalf of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation would not be possible.

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How successful has the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation tool been so far?

There have been many success stories with the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, but one of the most recent ones embodies almost all of the climate-hazards that the program is trying to address and build resilience for: which is the effort to Improve Resilience and Earn Community Rating System Credit in Gulf of Mexico Communities.

It’s not surprising that many cities that rest alongside the Gulf of Mexico, like New Orleans, Tampa, and Houston remain extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change given they are prone to hurricanes. Some of the effects these cities have been experiencing include rising sea levels, infrastructure damage and adding pressure onto the insurance industry, and disruption to overall daily life in these areas. However, many of these cities are in dire need of improving their infrastructure and electricity grids in order to be more resilient when natural disasters strike.  

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation has helped to show some of these vulnerable regions the available resources to improve the current rigor climate resilience in their communities. For example, many of these communities and cities learned that they were high on the flood risk scale – and provided these places with various resources to help start building resilience throughout the community. The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation has helped refer these areas to various specialists, organizations that can help them to collaborate and pool their resources together to establish new mitigation strategies at a local level, and available funding to help improve the current infrastructure in these areas. 

All in all, the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation has played a beneficial part in helping communities learn more about how they can help themselves and their residents as climate change continues to threaten the livelihoods of many – and is likely to expand as a resource the more funding opportunities the Biden administration chooses to pass.

What about Greenly? 

If reading this article about the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, or the CMRA, and its efforts to prevent rising sea levels and protect coastal towns has made you interested in reducing your carbon emissions to further fight against climate change – Greenly can help you!

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation is just one of the many environmental policies, methods, and tools being developed to take control of climate change. Check out our legislation tracker here to see which rules your company has to adhere to.

Greenly can help you make an environmental change for the better, starting with a carbon footprint assessment to know how much carbon emissions your company produces.

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