Days Until Our
2023 Conference!

Accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the Commonwealth


USGCRP Indicators Catalog

Home » Community Action » Resilience Plans » USGCRP Indicators Catalog

USGCRP Indicators Catalog

Home » Community Action » Resilience Plans » USGCRP Indicators Catalog

USGCRP Indicators CatalogThe USGCRP Indicators Catalog explains how environmental conditions are changing, assess risks and vulnerabilities, and helps inform resiliency and planning for climate impacts.

The Annual Greenhouse Index from the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory provides measurements of the capacity of Earth’s atmosphere to trap heat as a result of long-lived greenhouse gases, and explains how human activity has affected the climate system through greenhouse gas emissions.

The catalog also has data on Arctic glacier mass and extent, and information on why glacier ice is important for the environment. There are indicators with information from the NOAA on Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Days and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. There is data from the NOAA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture on Billion Dollar Disasters showing that costly weather and climate disasters have increased.

Data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data center in the Frost-Free season indicator show how changes in the length of the frost-free season reflect the overall warming trend in the climate system; the indicator explains how the frost-free season can be an important factor in determining the potential growing season for vegetation.

Data from the NOAA in the Global Surface Temperatures Indicator show increases in global temperatures over the past century as an important line of evidence for the effects of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Indicators on heat waves and heating and cooling degree days explain how global warming affects the amount of energy used for heating and cooling.

The indicator for heavy precipitation shows that heavy precipitation affects the risk of floods and flash floods, information which is relevant to decisions about retention of surface water for flood mitigation or human use.

The indicators on marine species distribution, ocean chlorophyll concentrations, sea level rise, sea surface temperatures have data on marine fisheries and fishing communities that indicate changes in distribution, timing, and productivity of fishery-related species.

The indicators for the earlier start of spring have implications for agriculture, natural resource and hazard management, and recreation. Indicators for terrestrial carbon storage and U.S. surface temperatures can help decision makers understand how climate change, land management, natural disturbances, and ecosystem dynamics affect annual terrestrial carbon storage in the United States.

Click here for more information.

Become a Member
Become a Sponsor
Become a Volunteer

Sign Up for E-News

Get news and notifications from Resilient Virginia.

The Resilience Calendar

  • NCA5 Webinar: Transportation
    Date: February 21, 2024

    The NCA5 chapter webinars are an opportunity for you to hear about the findings of a particular chapter from the authors themselves. Each virtual one-hour event is expected to include some time for Q&…

  • Webinar: The Affordable City by Shane Phillips
    Date: February 22, 2024
    Location: Register:

    The Affordable City : Supply, Stability, and Subsidy — and Lessons Since 2020

    There is no single solution to the U.S. housing crisis. For cities to effectively tackle high housing costs and…

  • 2024 Legislative Update Call Series
    Date: February 23, 2024

    The 2024 General Assembly will be unlike any session we've seen in recent years, with high stakes for the future of environmental protection in Virginia. Register now to join Virginia LCV Executive Director Mike…

  • Southeast Monthly Webinar Series: NCA5 Southeast Findings
    Date: February 27, 2024

    The February Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar will cover the Fifth National Climate Assessment: Southeast Findings.

    Learn more and register here

Latest News & Resources

2023 Listening Session Summary

Our 2023 Listening Session discussion focused on roadblocks to building community resilience and challenges in communicating about resilience and strategies to overcome these roadblocks; as well as collaboration, partnerships, and other ways to work with others on resilience.

Read More »

CFPF Funding Provides Hope for Rural Communities

CFPF funding provides communities across Virginia with the resources they need to address the impacts of increasing flooding events. Rural communities, who often face a gap in capacity and funding, can use this funding to close those gaps and address flooding impacts. Take a look at how Martinsville, Halifax, and South Boston are using the funding to build their flood resilience.

Read More »