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: COP27: Increasing Access to Climate Science Data for Communities and Local Leaders
Past Event

COP27: Increasing Access to Climate Science Data for Communities and Local Leaders

The event will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, at 11:15 a.m. EGY.

Climate Justice Pavilion, Blue Zone, Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center (SHICC) or watch via livestream.
4:15 AM EST

KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA - 2021/05/28: Sea side communities have faced severe damage and loss after Yaas hit Bengal. Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas was a relatively strong tropical cyclone that made landfall as well as brought significant impacts to sea sides on May 26. (Photo by Abhishek Sasmal/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Increasing the accessibility of climate science data is crucial to help strengthen community climate resilience and enhance local climate adaptation plans, particularly for communities of color, low-income areas, and communities in the Global South that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

This event will feature officials from the Biden administration, environmental justice advocates, and local leaders to discuss why the dissemination of climate science to disadvantaged communities is so critical, and how recent work in the United States on climate change data tools—including the recent release of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) Portal—can help better engage and prepare communities for future climate events. The CMRA is an innovative and comprehensive census tract-level data tool that shows Americans the climate risks that could affect their communities.

Additionally, the discussion may explore what gaps remain in current climate communication, technical assistance, and capacity building, and propose policy changes that can further help communities access necessary resources and funding.

Johanna Chao Kreilick, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

In conversation:
Rep. Sheila Babauta, Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Dr. Wassila Thiaw, the Head of International Desks in NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Closing Remarks:
Chair Brenda Mallory, White House Council on Environmental Quality

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