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Data Tools - Natural Hazards and Global Change

Check out the below data tools on natural hazards and global change!

A firefighter in safety gear and holding a drop torch walks away from a line of burning vegetation

Wildland Fire Trends Tool

What: Uses USGS, Forest Service, and BLM wildfire data to plot locations and trends in wildland fire

You'll Find: Dashboards that plot the fire locations and burn area groin back to the 1830s

Next you can: Students can download their own data sets and create their own species maps

Use for: Environmental sciences, fire risk, climate change, fire recovery, ecosystems health

Data Skills: Spatial data, scale, bar graphs, time series

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Climate and Land Use Change Collage

National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV)

What: The NCCV includes the historical (1950-2005) and future (2006-2099) climate and water balance projections derived from 20 downscaled CMIP5 climate models for the RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 emissions scenarios.

You'll Find: Interacting mapping web application displaying climate change projections for the conterminous US.

Next You Can: Students can view maps and explore the climate changes within the US.

Use for: Climate change

Data Skills: Data interpretation, mapping

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map of Salton Sea area showing earthquakes as circles

Earthquake Scenarios

What: A ShakeMap earthquake scenario is a predictive ShakeMap with an assumed magnitude and location, and, optionally, specified fault geometry.

You'll Find: A collection of nearly 800 ShakeMap earthquakes within the US.

Next You Can: Students can view predictive ShakeMaps.

Use for: Earthquakes, Natural Hazards

Data Skills: Reading and interpreting maps, making predictions based on ShakeMap

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Flood waters overtopping Dana Drive and flooding nearby townhouses in the Walnut Creek floodplain in Raleigh, North Carolina.

USGS Flood Event Viewer

What: During large, short-term events, the USGS collects streamflow and additional data (including storm tide, wave height, high-water marks, and additional sensor deployments) to aid in documenting flood events.

You'll Find: Map-based access to downloadable event-based data.

Next You Can: Students can view flood event-based data via maps and filters.

Use for: Natural hazards, flooding

Data Skills: View and filter map data

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Fish swim along the gravel bed bottom of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

Exploring the Fish and Climate Change Database (FiCli)

What: A database of peer-reviewed literature available on how climate change has impacted and will continue to impact inland fishes worldwide.

You'll Find: A compilation of information on publications describing projected and documented examples of climate change impacts on inland fishes.

Next You Can: Students can view information on fish families, species, response types, and geographic locations.

Use for: Climate adaptation and management for inland fishes.

Data Skills: Database

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Aerial view of the upper cracks in the Wolverine Glacier icefall as sunset approaches.

The Glacier - Climate Connection

What: A geonarrative that tells the story of the U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark Glacier Project, one of the longest running studies of glaciers on Earth.

You'll Find: Interactive maps and descriptive images that highlight glacier dynamics, the connection between climate and glaciers, and downstream impacts of glacier loss. 

Next You Can: Students can explore this visual narrative that describes glacier dynamics.

Use for: Glaciers, climate change

Data Skills: Explore infographics, explore interactive maps, read data charts

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Image: Dying Piñon Pine

Ecological Drought Across the Country

What: Developed to capture how drought impacts ecosystems.

You'll Find: A geonarrative about drought, the goals of the Ecological Drought initiative, and resources for more information.

Next You Can: Students can explore a visual narrative on droughts as well as workshops and projects that the Ecological Drought initiative is working on. 

Use for: Global change, drought

Data Skills: Read/view an interactive map

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Waves breaking over offshore reefs on Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands

Future Coastal Flooding

What: A geonarrative on coastal flooding

You'll Find: A visual narrative about coastal flooding with graphics, maps, and links to research initiatives.

Next You Can: Students can read about coastal flooding and CosMos (a tool that provides simulations of coastal flooding).

Use for: Natural hazards, flooding

Data Skills: View infographics and maps

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Photo of a rugged coastline with bluffs, gentle waves, and rocks jutting out from the sand.

Our Coasts

What: A story map that introduces the value of our coasts and the threats they face with global change.

You'll Find: A visual narrative about coasts in the US.

Next You Can: Students can view infographics, maps, and data charts visualizing coastal lands in the US.

Use for: Environments, coasts

Data Skills: View infographics, maps, and data charts

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Chaos Crags in Lassen Volcanic National Park

California's Exposure to Volcanic Hazards

What: A geonarrative summary of the USGS report that provides a broad perspective on California’s exposure to volcanic hazards. 

You'll Find: A visual narrative, interactive maps, and infographics on California's volcanoes.

Next You Can: Students can view interactive maps and read summaries on California's volcanoes.

Use for: Natural hazards, volcanoes

Data Skills: View infographics and interactive maps

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A woman stands along a rupture in the ground surface

Latest Earthquakes

What: A web application that displays information in real-time and near-real-time for earthquakes around the world.

You'll Find: Lists and maps of earthquakes with various settings. Each earthquake on the list and map is a link to a webpage with all the detailed information and products for that event.

Next You Can: Students can view various real-time information on earthquakes in the U.S.

Use for: Natural hazards, earthquakes

Data Skills: View interactive map