2019 a Year of Record Setting Rain

As we close out 2019, Climate Central takes a look at the year’s biggest story—record-setting rain. The result: severe costs in damages to property and losses to industry (e.g. agriculture). According to NOAA, the 18 billion-dollar flood events experienced by the U.S this decade have resulted in losses of at least $40 billion.

Altered Precipitation

The amount, distribution and timing of precipitation events is changing. In general, precipitation events are occurring less frequently, but are more likely to be intense.

Altered Water Levels

Increasing temperatures have been observed to lead to reduced lake levels due to increased evaporation. Altered water levels can negatively impact people and the environment.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in July 2020

NOAA’s monthly climate summaries aim to support informed decision-making. The July 2020 assessment shows warming trends continue across the United States.


CanVis is a simple software program that allows users to visualize potential impacts of coastal development or climate change (inundation, SLR) allowing conservation planners and stakeholders to better understand the impacts of their decisions.

Changing Water Regimes

Impacts of changing water regimes include altered precipitation, altered water levels, and greater flood risk. Together these changes pose management challenges and present conservation opportunities to the land trust community.

Climate Change and Water

The Climate Change and Water website highlights U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change response actions, regional climate impacts, and additional resources to address climate change impacts to water resources.

Climate Change and Water: In Brief

As the USFS’s Climate Change and Water: In Brief summarizes, declining water quantity and quality are becoming common issues, especially where our demands exceed supply. Growing water demands, in turn, put aquatic resources and other services at risk because less water is available to sustain them.

Coastal Lidar

LIDAR —Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. Coastal Lidar reflects elevation information, which is a primary data consideration for management activities in the coastal zone, including conservation.

Enhancing Natural Protection Against Rising Waters

Land trusts around the country are already working to protect the wetlands and vegetated floodplains that temper storm effects, to assess flood risks and to increase community resilience through planning and habitat restoration.