Tools and Adaptation Resources

Mid-Atlantic communities are seeing more extreme heat days, more frequent heavy downpours, earlier springs, milder winters, and (in coastal communities) increasing sea levels and storm surge. These trends are projected to continue as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise and the climate warms. This page highlights several of the many available resources that Mid-Atlantic communities can use to help plan and prepare for future weather and climate hazards.

MARISA Tools

Community Climate Outlooks

Community Climate Outlooks are a new, experimental outreach product that provides information on climate change and its associated impacts for counties and selected cities in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Realtime Data Map

MARISA’s Realtime Data Map provides an easy-to-use interface for accessing a broad range of current weather, hydrological, and ocean data, as well as NOAA watches and warnings, for the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed and surrounding regions.

Regional Climate Summaries

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Summaries is a series reported quarterly that details the season’s weather and climate events in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and provides highlights from the greater Mid-Atlantic region.

Model Inventory and Selection Tool (MIST)

MIST is a collection of models relevant for water management and decision making in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Mid-Atlantic region.

Mid-Atlantic Climate Data Tools

Mid-Atlantic Climate Data Tools are a collection of interactive tools produced from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Summaries, a quarterly series that details seasonal weather and climate variability and change in the Mid-Atlantic region. These tools are based on historic and projected climate data in the region.

Other Tools and Resources

Climate Smart Farming

Climate Smart Farming is a program designed to help farmers in Northeastern US increase their productivity and resilience to extreme weather and climate variability through the adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation. This program includes a variety of decision support tools including Climate Change in Your County, Growing Degree Day Calculator, Water Deficit Calculator, Apple Stage/Freeze Damage Probability, Grape Hardiness & Freeze Risk, the New York/Northeast Drought Atlas, Winter Cover Crop Planting Scheduler, and more.

Extension Offices and Land Grant Universities

Local extension offices and land grant universities provide a wide variety of information, training, and programs ranging from 4-H, agriculture, lawn and garden, natural resources, food, beekeeping, pests and invasive species, and more. Extension offices can be found in each county and Land grant universities include Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, Penn State University, Cornell, the University of Maryland, the University of Delware, and West Virginia University.