climate models

Topic

Climate

Climate change refers to long-term changes in the climate of the planet, a region, or a city, with impacts that can shift temperatures in the oceans and the atmosphere and alter the hydrological cycle. USAID incorporates climate change in strategic planning, program design, and project implementation across a wide range of development sectors, and helps make communities around the world more resilient through the Agency’s support of climate adaptation efforts.

Toolkit

SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit

In 2015, the SERVIR program adopted a Service Planning approach to ensure that its services help developing countries effectively solve challenges related to agriculture, water management, land use and disaster management.

Building on experiences with the new approach, this Service Planning Toolkit is a resource for SERVIR Hubs as they, with their partners, strive to make an impact in designing, delivering and implementing services.

Article

Taking the Pulse of a Water Lifeline to Hundreds of Millions of People

The great intersecting mountain ranges of Central and South Asia collectively stretch thousands of miles across the continent. Within this vast, often impenetrable, and sparsely inhabited wilderness, snowfields and glaciers store water that has fallen as precipitation and accumulated over the course of years, decades, or in some cases, even centuries. 

Fact Sheet

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Supply Data Monitoring and Analysis

The Kabul River Basin flows through eastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan and is crucial to the livelihoods of millions of people for domestic water supplies, agriculture, power generation, and industry.

The USGS Water Supply Data Monitoring and Analysis activity, through support from USAID, is building the capacity of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) to improve management of the Kabul River Basin through increasing water-data availability and analysis. The activity runs from January 2018 to December 2022.

Project

SERVIR

The SERVIR project is helping people in more than 45 countries access and use satellite imagery and climate and weather information to make better decisions about development. A collaboration between USAID and NASA, SERVIR has established hubs in West Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Hindu Kush-Himalaya, and Lower Mekong regions by partnering with regional technical institutions. SERVIR is helping to integrate science into useful products and tools that support better decisions about livelihoods, disasters, and economic development.

Article

Helping Latin America Build Resilience in the Face of Water Scarcity

In late 2016, much of South America’s Pacific coast experienced a severe drought that destroyed crops and impacted livestock. By the end of November, Bolivia had declared a state of emergency. Wildfires raged in Peru, and parts of Colombia were suffering from a lack of food and potable water. Relief finally came in January with the onset of the rainy season — only the rains didn’t stop. By April, massive floods had caused widespread destruction throughout the region. Peru experienced its worst flooding in decades.

Website

Office of Global Climate Change

Rising global temperatures pose new challenges for development. More intense heat waves, less predictable droughts and storms, shifting rainfall patterns and ocean acidification – these are just some of the impacts creating new risks for global health, disaster preparedness and food and water security. Many developing countries are facing multiple risks, which threaten to roll back previous gains and worsen poverty, insecurity and instability.

Website

Climatelinks

Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

Strategy and Guidance

Climate Change and Development Strategy (2012–2016)

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. USAID — as part of the broader Presidential Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) — is addressing this challenge in ways that recognize both its severity and the opportunities clean economic growth presents to spur innovation and encourage investments that will have long­lasting environmental and development benefits. If we support countries to build climate resilience and move towards a “low carbon” economic growth pathway, we can help provide more stable and prosperous futures for the U.S.