Google Earth applications in support of Climate Change Adaptation

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This project seeks to explore how Google Earth and related technology can enhance a common platform on climate change adaptation, www.weADAPT.org. The collaboration with Google.org focuses on three areas of activity and associated outcomes.

This project is a major collaboration between SEI-US and SEI-Oxford. The expected outcome is a suite of technology tools that will be linked within the Google Earth and SEI’s weADAPT framework and applied in two regions – California and Kenya.

Firstly, the project is developing the weADAPT Climate Change Explorer tool and other information products within Google Earth so that people around the world can access state-of-the-art climate science information. Users can seek guidance on climate change adaptation options in a number of sectors and at a variety of scales. Work in California is co-financed by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.

Secondly, these innovative tools incorporating narratives of adaptation will support water sector adaptation planning (using WEAP) at a local scale through pilot projects in Africa (Tana River, Kenya) and the U.S. (American River, California). Work in the American River system is co-financed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP).

Thirdly, lessons learned through the work in Kenya and California will be disseminated to the global climate adaptation community through the weADAPT platform, facilitating a wider dialogue with experts and stakeholders.

Funder: Google.org; California Energy Commission

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