GIS data and technology a key part of the new Climate Data Initiative “Food Resilience Effort”.

July 29, 2014, The White House
Building on the President’s recently announced Climate Data Initiative, the Obama Administration is unveiling the Initiative’s “Food Resilience” theme, aimed at empowering America’s agricultural sector and strengthening the resilience of the global food system in a changing climate.

Through this and other recent initiatives we see significant government and private sector geospatial data and technology resources being used to help map, analyze, understand, and create more resilient and sustainable communities.  In addition to the federal government commitments, a number of the private-sector commitments announced yesterday include:

AgMIP:  The AgMIP community includes collaborators from around the globe in the comparison and improvement of agricultural models. These teams investigate ways the models can be used to evaluate likely changes in crop production and economic conditions under current and future climate, farming, and societal conditions. http://www.agmip.org/projects-and-partners-north-america/

Esri. Esri will work with USDA, GEOGLAM, CGIAR and others to expose and unlock authoritative data as live data feeds across dimensions of agricultural production, risk and trade – http://www.esri.com/~/media/Files/Pdfs/industries/government/resiliant-communities/agriculture-fact-sheet.pdf

Kellogg Company and University of Minnesota. The Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is committing to openly share data and maps that illustrate how climate change affects risks to major crops within the food system – http://gli.environment.umn.edu/

Michigan Agri-Business Association. In August 2014, the Michigan Agri-Business Association will launch a publicly-available web-based mapping tool for use by the state’s agriculture sector – http://miagbiz.org/

The U.S. Water Partnership. Recognizing that open data can help inform actions to meet the growing water crisis in regions at home and abroad will help increase access to high quality US-based water- and drought- information resources – http://uswaterpartnership.org/

UCLA Luskin Center and EDF: The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are releasing the newest version of the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report (LASER)—a data-driven mapping tool designed to help communities identify opportunities to invest in projects that will save households money, create clean energy jobs and strengthen climate resilience – http://www.edf.org/los-angeles-solar-and-efficiency-report

Trust for Public Land: The Trust for Public Land will commit new organizational resources through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to help America’s cities lessen their vulnerability to climate-related heat events – http://www.tpl.org/our-work/our-land-and-water

These are just a few examples of initiatives that are leveraging geospatial data and technology that our IGIC  members work with every day.  For more details about this initiative see the full White House Fact Sheet

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