The New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse (NYCCSC) is a gateway for policymakers, local planners, and the public to identify and access documents, data, websites, tools, and maps relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across New York State. The goal of the NYCCSC is to support scientifically sound and cost-effective decision-making. The vision is a dynamic site where users can find information in multiple ways, including through interactive tools that use data from different sources.
A clearinghouse collects and offers information on a given topic. The NYCCSC provides access to resources relevant to mitigation of, adaptation to, and building resiliency for climate change in New York State. This includes information about greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric concentrations, projected temperature and precipitation changes, climate effects such as sea level rise and extreme weather events, and more. It also catalogs specific vulnerabilities, risks, and strategies for and across sectors, including agriculture, water resources, coastal zones, ecosystems, buildings, transportation, telecommunications, energy, and public health.
The NYCCSC offers a curated clearinghouse with a comprehensive search feature, a customizable data grapher, and an interactive map and GIS viewer.
Curated clearinghouse. NYCCSC’s curator prioritizes resources to include based on their credibility and relevance to the users. The curator also makes choices about the resources included on the site based on the NYCCSC Business Rules (described below). The curator is assisted by a Content Team and Sector Expert Groups.
Search feature. The NYCCSC search feature allows users to search by keyword and to filter searches by sector, resource type, climate changes, effects, strategies, and actions. Users may also sort resources by location in New York State by clicking on a map.
Customizable climate data grapher. The NYCCSC climate data grapher is an interactive tool to generate time-series graphs for climate changes with historical data and future projections. Users can download the charts.
Interactive map and GIS viewer. The NYCCSC interactive map of climate change and related data allows users to select map layers to display from a menu, find layers by sector, vary parameters within certain layers, and select from a variety of base layers and regional boundaries. For each map layer, links are available to metadata and the original source.
The NYCCSC welcomes policymakers, analysts, scientists, planners, businesses, and the general public to the site; however, the primary intended audiences are local planners and decision-makers and those who support their work. The NYCCSC streamlines the decision-making process by helping to identify problems, investigate solutions, and take action. A decision-maker can use the NYCCSC to identify vulnerable infrastructure, residential areas, and ecosystems; evaluate the risks posed by climate change; and develop strategies and implementation plans for their town or city.
What is included on the site. The NYCCSC contains resources, data, and information that support decision-makers and planners in their work on climate change. This content includes information on greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric concentrations, climate changes, effects, strategies for mitigating, adapting to, and building resiliency for climate change, and tools for implementing these strategies. The NYCCSC is committed to including information with scientific merit from credible sources.
Where applicable, the NYCCSC chooses data and information that NYS uses for statewide and local climate planning. The NYCCSC currently covers the sectors identified in NYSERDA’s ClimAID report: agriculture, buildings, coastal zones, ecosystems, energy, public health, telecommunications, transportation, and water resources.
Business rules for the site. The NYCCSC Business Rules define what resources are included on the NYCCSC, with what priority, and in what form. The Business Rules were developed in collaboration with a group of sector experts to understand how the experts evaluate the resources that they use in their own work. The Business Rules address the scope, source, and format of resources considered for inclusion on the site.
State and local planners that are addressing climate change consistently reported that information was plentiful, but no central space existed for neighboring communities to identify and access it. The task of locating and sorting through information about vulnerabilities, as well as developing, researching, and assessing mitigation and adaptation strategies, was often difficult and time consuming.
Offering curated documents, data, websites, tools, and maps in an online repository lessens the burden on individual municipalities and businesses, helps people make decisions about what information is credible, and promotes joint planning and information sharing. The customizable data and map products are meant to ease the job of the local planner in analyzing information, making and implementing plans, and educating the public.
The development of the NYCCSC was initiated and supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project team includes Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Cornell University’s Mann Library, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), the State University of New York Environmental Sciences and Forestry’s (SUNY ESF) Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management, and the Northeastern Regional Climate Services Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NESCAUM is an association of the air quality divisions for New York, New Jersey, and the six New England states. It conducts technical analysis to support regional policy planning on air quality issues including climate change.
Mann Library at Cornell University supports the instruction, research, and extension programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology, and is a land grant library. The NRCC is housed at Cornell. It collects, disseminates, and facilitates the use of climate data and information, as well as monitors and assesses climatic conditions and impacts in the 12-state, northeastern region of the United States.
The Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management at SUNY ESF provides science-based education to students seeking careers in the viable and sustainable management of forest and natural resources at the local, state, and national levels.
The Northeastern Regional Climate Services Director at NOAA is part of National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The Northeastern Regional Climate Services Director supports the development and sharing of climate science and information products and services for informed decision-making across NOAA and between other organizations working on climate change.
The expected audience for the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse includes decision makers, policy makers, researchers, and the general public. The Clearinghouse will apply the following business rules for populating the site with resources, including documents, data, maps, and tools.
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Multiple Resources Covering Same Information
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