Climate change is happening. The United States and the world are warming, global sea level is rising, and some types of extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more severe. These changes have already resulted in a wide range of impacts across every region of the country and many sectors of the economy. Accordingly, individuals, communities and agencies needs reliable scientific data and analysis about current and future changes, impacts, and effective response options.
Based on the present impacts of climate change, confirmed by the third National Climate Assessment in 2014, the President established the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Administration announced the City of Houston as one of two launch sites to commit to Preparedness Pilots. NASA and other key Federal agencies support the Pilot by evaluating their own climate change risks to operations and missions. This Toolkit analyzes the interdependencies and vulnerabilities associated with the impacts of climate change. It enables useful data and other best practices to inform everyone’s climate management approaches, making all the plans more robust. The collaboration produced by this effort will continue to benefit the City of Houston and our respective agencies for years to come.