CREAT Climate Scenarios Projection Map

Contributed by: Nathalie Smith
Esri, Olympia, WA
M 360-485-2371


EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Climate Scenarios Projection Map. This map provides easy-to-access scenario-based climate change projections drawn from CREAT. The impacts from a changing climate, including extreme heat and more intense storms, present challenges to water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities and the communities they serve. Understanding how climate change may affect a utility’s ability to maintain and deliver adequate, reliable, and sustainable water supplies and clean water services is the first step in climate-related planning.

This story map was created with the Story Map Series application in ArcGIS Online.

Source: CREAT Climate Scenarios Projection Map

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Highlights Opportunities for Building Community Climate Resilience across the Nation


October 31, 2016, Today the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released its “Resilience Opportunities” report, describing key Administration accomplishments and highlighting opportunities for Federal agencies and stakeholders to work together on a shared climate resilience agenda.

Today’s “Resilience Opportunities” report builds on lessons learned and outlines three major areas where opportunities exist for innovation, economic growth, and collaboration: through application of science-based data and tools, support for community resilience initiatives, and integration of climate resilience into Federal agency missions, operations, and culture. Click on the picture here to view the full report, “Opportunities to Enhance the Nation’s Resilience to Climate Change”.

One important component of this report addresses “Advancing and Applying Science-Based Information, Technology, and Tools to Address Climate Risk”, and features a Case Study of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and the Climate Explorer.


The Climate Resilience Toolkit has made data and tools for climate-informed decision making easily accessible. From wildfire risk to sea level rise projections, the right information can facilitate successful planning, reduce costs, and save lives. Tools to manage sea level rise and flooding in coastal towns

Source: FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Highlights Opportunities for Building Community Climate Resilience across the Nation |

Celebrating GIS Day with Release of 2016 Awards for Geospatial Excellence & Outstanding Service

In one of his last acts as National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) president, Chris Diller presented a record number of awards during NSGIC’s recent Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

“Today, on GIS Day, it seems especially appropriate to recognize the many GIS professionals and partners in the geospatial community who serve, catalyze, champion and innovate,” said current NSGIC President Bert Granberg.

During last month’s Annual Conference, NSGIC unveiled a new awards program designed to recognize leadership and innovation at the state level. The Geospatial Excellence Awards join NSGIC’s long-running program of Outstanding Service Awards that recognize individuals and organizations that advance the national spatial data infrastructure and promote NSGIC’s goals of efficient and effective government.

2016 Geospatial Excellence Award Recipients

Innovator Awards

West Virginia State GIS Technical Center

For providing focus, strategic direction and leadership to users of geographic information systems (GIS), digital mapping and remote sensing within the State of West Virginia.

Jeff Ylvisaker and Tony Van Der Wielen, Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau

For supporting statutory changes and the development of the WISE-Decade platform, that taken together, resulted in an upgrade to how Wisconsin government publicly reports municipal boundary changes. This also resulted in more accurate management of voting districts, improved distribution of government funds by refining population estimates, and a streamlined data delivery to the Census BAS program.

Catalyst Awards

Jim Dove, Allen Burns, Brent Lanford and Hunter Key, Georgia Association of Regional Commissions

For leading the efforts to create and fund the Georgia GIO Office and its charge to leverage the use and application of geospatial data in public policy and decision-making to improve the overall safety and economic prosperity of the State of Georgia and its citizens.

Kenny Brevard, VITA Integrated Services Program

For innovative aggregation of local government data into statewide enterprise resources and development of statewide analysis tools to evaluate and communicate GIS data quality back to local government in preparation for NG 9-1-1 implementation.

Joan Delos Santos, Hawaii Office of Planning

For leading the Hawaii ‘GIS Modernization’ project that resulted in a cloud-hosted set of public-facing, authoritative GIS datasets and services.

Sean McSpaden, Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office

Sean has been the catalyst for introducing legislation in the upcoming 2017 Oregon Legislative Session that authorizes the Oregon Geographic Information Council, the Geospatial Enterprise Office and the GIO, creates a Council Fund, and requires data sharing of geospatial framework data between all public bodies.

Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

The education, grant funding, networking and collaboration opportunities the consortium has pursued have been critical to building and extending a strong statewide professional community. The consortium is expecting 700 attendees at its annual conference and 70 teachers at a special geospatial STEM training event.

Champion Award

Utah Mapping & Information Partnership, Executive Steering Committee; Amanda Smith, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Robyn Pearson, Utah Department of Natural Resources

The Utah Mapping and Information Partnership (UMIP) is an informal committee of department heads formed to advance agency goals through heightened use of GIS and more complete sharing of data. UMIP won funding commitments from 14 agencies to license statewide high resolution aerial photography and successfully sought an appropriation to work on key enterprise geospatial projects.

Catalyst Award and Champion Award

Alaska Geospatial Council

The Alaska Geospatial Council, led by its chair Ed Fogels, is a multi-agency organization chartered in 2015 with representatives from all tiers of government, tribal entities and academic institutions working together to promote shared geospatial technology, enterprise data and infrastructure resources, and technical exchange.

2016 Outstanding Service Award Recipients

Tony LaVoi, NOAA, Department of Commerce

Tony LaVoi is the Chief of the Integrated Information Services Division for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. He is also NOAA’s geospatial information officer (GIO). In these positions, he serves as the focal point for agency-wide strategies, policy development, standards and coordination activities related to geospatial technologies out of NOAA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. He coordinates a number of enterprise geospatial services for the NOAA GIS community of users, including many that are beneficial to state and local government stakeholders. Tony has kept NSGIC members informed and engaged in NOAA’s activities through his participation in the Coastal Caucus and Geospatial Preparedness Committee meetings. On several occasions, he has carried NSGIC issues back to other NOAA staff for resolution. The states are better able to focus on their unique issues and to incorporate NOAA’s services to support planning, response and recovery activities related to emergencies, coastal management and climate-related initiatives. More recently, Tony’s influence helped to ensure the success of NOAA’s nowCOAST web mapping portal for access to real-time weather observations, forecasts, warnings and other data, while expanding available services and incorporating input from stakeholders. He did this by using a transparent process and integrating it with services across NOAA.

Andy Rowan, State of New Jersey

Andy is Deputy Chief Technology Officer, formerly the Director of the NJ Office of GIS. Andy has been involved with NSGIC since the 2005 Annual Conference in Rochester, NY. Andy was first elected to the NSGIC board in 2010. He has co-chaired both the Address and Transportation committees, represented NSGIC on addressing issues at the National Address Summit and earlier this year represented NSGIC at the Mapping Science Committee meeting on addresses in Washington, DC. Andy has provided a valuable voice into issues and provided advice on board calls.

Nathalie Smith, Esri

Nathalie is a State Government Account Manager based out of Esri’s Olympia, WA office. Nathalie has worked at Esri for 28 years, first starting in Redlands, and now in the Pacific Northwest. Nathalie recently served on the Executive Director Search Committee helping NSGIC hire our first ever Executive Director. Nathalie represented our Corporate Leadership Council on this committee and provided a much-needed sponsor perspective on our hiring.

Kathy DeMarco, NSGIC Association Manager

Kathy has been NSGIC’s Association Manager since 2009. It should be noted that Kathy is a Certified Association Executive and has served NSGIC well in that capacity. Her attention to details is one of her many strengths. Kathy always keeps the board informed of upcoming meetings, provides meeting notes and helps ensure officers of the board follow the rules. She also helps the Finance Committee with the all-important annual budget and monthly financials. It is safe to say that without Kathy, NSGIC would not be operating as efficiently.

Craig Johnson, Louisiana Geographic Info Center

Craig is the Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center. Craig has been working in state government for 19 years and in a GIS leadership role for 16 years. Craig has been involved with NSGIC since the 2000 NSGIC Annual Conference in Lake Tahoe, NV, and has served as chair of the NSGIC Elections Committee since 2009. Knowing that NSGIC can count on Craig year in and year out to serve in that capacity is always a relief. It is one less thing that the president and board had to worry about. It is also why NSGIC elections happen smoothly.

Phil Worrall, Indiana Geographic Info Center

Phil first joined NSGIC in 2009 and has been a vocal proponent of everything GIS in Indiana. Phil has been involved in the mapping sciences since 1972. Phil heads up the Resiliency and 3DEP work groups and has served in this capacity since the 2014 Annual Conference in Charleston, SC. Phil regularly engages with USGS on behalf of NSGIC and advocates for state needs surrounding the 3DEP program.

Randy Mayden, North West Geomatics Ltd.

Randy has been a member of NSGIC since 2006. Randy has served on the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) since 2009 and served as chair of the CLC from 2014 to 2015. While serving as CLC chair, Randy helped provide sponsor perspectives on NSGIC engagement. This type of engagement is valued by the board and fundamental to our partnerships between states and sponsors. Last year, Randy served on the Executive Director Task Force, helping NSGIC define the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director position description. Many hours were spent collaborating on this effort.


Evaluating our NSDI and Europe's INSPIRE

Ian Masser is a respected advocate and scholar of Spatial Data Infrastructures. He has written a paper based COGO’s report card and a recent evaluation of INSPIRE – Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe.

Evaluating the performance of large scale SDIs: two contrasting approaches is available online from the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research.

To me, the most interesting part of the paper comes near the end. Masser says:

If the formal INSPIRE reporting arrangements were to be put into practice in the United States the FGDC would be required to submit regular reports on the NSDI to the US House of Representatives and the Senate. This is clearly not the case…. However, it should be noted that the current status of the FGDC may be strengthened by the 2015 Geospatial Data Act which is currently before Congress. This seeks to improve the coordination and use of geospatial data throughout the US.

Masser has more to say about the two SDIs, providing other clues about how we could move forward in the US. Next month he will be receiving the Global Citizen award from the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association.

100 Resilient Cities | Resilience in Action

Helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Source: 100 Resilient Cities | Resilience in Action

Federal-Level Leadership for Nationwide Parcel GIS Data

This June, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) teams co-sponsored a National Parcel Data Summit at USGS Headquarters in Reston, VA. One of the outcomes of that meeting was a recognition by the participants that:

  • – nationwide parcel GIS data is needed to support a diverse set of important application areas, and
  • – federal leadership is needed in order to best facilitate an efficient aggregation and publication of nationwide parcel GIS data.

The federal agencies at the Summit made it clear that they needed to know what the broader user community believed to be the requirements for federal leadership on parcels. In other words, what would be the role and responsibilities for a lead federal agency related to ensuring development and maintenance of a national parcel data set?

Over the summer, Cy Smith, the State of Oregon’s GIO, led a small work group of Summit attendees in the development of a document articulating requirements for federal leadership on a national parcel data set. The work group published its recommendations in a paper entitled, Leadership for a National Parcel Data Set. This document was delivered to Ivan DeLoatch at FGDC and David Alexander at DHS HIFLD as supporting information for a late September federal agency meeting to determine parcel data requirements and to discuss which agency or agencies will provide national leadership. Work group members, listed at the end of the document, included county government, state government, private industry, and geospatial professional associations.

Earlier this year, NSGIC took a similar approach in making recommendations relating to the National Address Database. This effort prefaced the FGDC decision to add Addresses as an official National Geospatial Data Asset theme, and the selection of Census and USDOT as the co-leads. NSGIC encourages federal decision-makers to likewise use the valuable parcel recommendations and observations made by the post-Summit workgroup.

New Federal Focus on Address Data Can Save Lives, Safeguard Resources and Improve Public Services

Adoption of Address Theme Lauded by National States Geographic Information Council

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) that it has established a new National Geospatial Data Asset Address Theme to support ongoing work to develop a National Address Database was met with approval by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the nonprofit that convenes senior geospatial coordinators for states, districts and territories across the United States.

“With this shift in policy, we look forward to the work that the named Lead Agencies of the Department of Transportation and Census Bureau will accomplish together, drawing on the strengths of each agency, to build the comprehensive address database through a truly national process,” said NSGIC President Chris Diller.

Addresses in the U.S. are created at the local level, city and county. States are prepared to act as intermediaries in collecting and organizing that data. Several states are far advanced in doing that work. The states look to the Federal government as the coordinating body to pull state data together to create a national address database, said Diller.

FGDC’s new focus on address points acknowledges that finer-grained location information has great utility for public safety, policy and planning, and demography. Improved address information on roads and demographic statistics for block and tract summary areas will support the essential functions of government including wide area disaster response, time-critical emergency response and other 911 services, financial and taxation oversight, and elections management.

Addresses have been a high-priority data theme of NSGIC since 2006, with the formation of an Address Work Group and production of a position paper on a “master” address file for state and local governments. In 2012, NSGIC members led an effort at the FGDC National Geographic Advisory Committee to assess the need for a National Address Database.

Since that time, NSGIC has worked closely with the Census Bureau and Department of Transportation towards development of a national system to gather, organize and share address data to meet a host of needs of government at all levels. In a Department of Transportation pilot program launched earlier this year, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Virginia and Washington, DC, joined pilot states Arizona and Arkansas in contributing address data.

The Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration State Broadband Program (SBP) is widely seen as a successful model for state-led address point programs. Launched in 2009, the State Broadband Program is designed to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies via state entities and nonprofits. Because accurate data is critical for broadband planning, the SBP assists states in gathering data twice a year on the availability, speed and location of broadband services, as well as services used by public institutions.

“As with the State Broadband Program, funding for the FGDC Address Theme efforts will be critical,” said Diller. “Many small jurisdictions do not have the resources to create an electronic file of their addresses. They have the resources to maintain that database, but need help setting things up.”

NSGIC advocates for open sharing of taxpayer-funded geospatial data, asserting that open data sharing makes the most current and accurate geospatial data available for decisions affecting economic development, social services, public safety, emergency management, human or environmental health, agriculture, natural resources, planning and transportation.

More information:
Address Points for the Nation, a NSGIC issue brief (2015)
The Need for a National Address Database: A Report Submitted by the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (2012)
Geospatial Data Sharing – Guidelines for Best Practices (2011)

Molly Schar, NSGIC Executive Director

25th Annual Conference: Connecting our Past to Present with an Eye Toward the Future

In less than two months NSGIC will be holding its 25th Annual Conference.  I am inviting you to attend.  Whether you have been a long time member or one of the original members who started this great organization, please come.  If you are in federal, state, local or tribal government, please come.  If you work in the private sector, for a non-profit, in education or are retired, please come to Indianapolis. All are welcome.

I am personally very excited about this conference.  You as members make our conferences great.  They are great because of the diversity of presenters we are able to attract and the rich content they provide.  The value in attending our conferences and becoming a member is that each of us will gain new ideas, collaborate on solving problems, establish or strengthen our connections with others, and share our knowledge.  This is the essence of NSGIC.  This is the reason NSGIC first met in 1991 followed by its first conference in Santa Fe, NM, in 1992.  It is the reason I attended my first conference in 2006 and have kept coming back year after year.

The 25th Annual Conference comes with an opportunity to recognize our past, yet the agenda is loaded with new ideas that will carry us forward. Why celebrate our past?  It does three things.  It shows respect for the challenges and efforts that came before us, it allows us to appreciate our current blessings, and finally it allows us to carry forward lessons learned so we don’t make the same mistakes.  These are three principles I adhere to in my own life and I believe should be applied to NSGIC.

There are a lot of special surprises being planned to help us celebrate 25 years.  I can’t tell what they are or they wouldn’t be surprises now, would they?  I’m not sure how we can ever top last year’s social event with fireworks at the WWI museum in Kansas City, unless of course we do fireworks again, but I can share a few things with you now.

For the first time, NSGIC has an executive director and Molly Schar will help me kick off the conference in style with a brief welcome message and Molly’s observations after four months on the job.  I have gotten to know Molly the last couple of months and I’m excited to introduce her to the membership.  You will have all week to introduce yourself to Molly, so don’t be shy.  NSGICers shy? Yeah, right!

The conference will also feature Admiral David Simpson from the Federal Communication Commission as the keynote speaker on the hot topic of Next Generation 9-1-1.  I had a chance to visit with Admiral Simpson earlier this summer and I think you will find him to be engaging and passionate about location accuracy for 9-1-1 and the need to provide our 9-1-1 centers with more accurate and comprehensive mapping data.

Wednesday afternoon is going to be special.  We have a 30 minute presentation on NSGIC history, a past presidents panel with some of our past presidents providing reflection from the early years of NSGIC, and finally a 25th anniversary celebration at the NCAA museum where we can all enjoy an evening of reflection and a bit of fun.   Be sure to represent your alma mater and wear your college colors.  It would be fun to see where each of you went to school.

Lastly, “In celebrating 25 years of facilitating smart policy, partnership-building, innovation and professional growth,” the Board of Directors has established a series of new awards called the Geospatial Excellence Awards.  I want to encourage our state reps to submit nominations by September 12, 2016.  If you know of anyone or any organization who is deserving, please consider submitting a nomination to  Awards will be announced during the conference.

I look forward to seeing you all in Indianapolis very soon!

Chris Diller (WI)
NSGIC President

Community Resilience

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manages a multi-faceted program, assisting communities and stakeholders on issues related to buildings and the inter-dependencies of physical infrastructure systems. The Community Resilience Program, part of NIST’s broader disaster resilience work, complements efforts by others in the public and private sectors. NIST focuses on research, community planning and guidance, and stakeholder engagement.

Source: Community Resilience

Resilient Counties August 2016

Click here to read the August 2016 NACo Resilient Counties monthly newsletter – Resilient Counties August 2016

NACo Resilient Counties Initiative

In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe and economically competitive, America’s counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of change.

Learn More Here: Resilient Counties Initiative | NACo

Assessing the Next Gen 911 Funding Gap

This is an excellent article that summarizes where most states are with funding NG911 and how much it may cost to get it fully deployed across the country:

As a Heat Wave Builds, Obama Wisely Presses for Community Cohesion - The New York Times

With a heat wave building, President Obama uses Twitter to press communities to check for vulnerable neighbors.

Source: As a Heat Wave Builds, Obama Wisely Presses for Community Cohesion – The New York Times

As Storms Erode California's Cliffs, Buried Village Could Get Washed Away : NPR

Contributed By:  Leland Pierce
NM Geospatial Advisory Committee

Thought this might be of interest and wanted to pass it along: the big storms off the California coast in recent years are threatening Native American archaeological sites due to consistent erosion.  In the audio portion of the story is a great quote about not being able to do anything without their maps and GIS-and geospatial technology is huge out west in terms of cultural resources.

Until now, the archaeological philosophy at Redwood National Park has been “keep it in the ground.” But for one Native American site, climate change may force the park to reconsider that approach.

Source: As Storms Erode California’s Cliffs, Buried Village Could Get Washed Away : NPR

NSGIC Online Mapping Platform


NSGIC Online Mapping Platform

NSGIC has launched a new Online Mapping Platform based on Esri ArcGIS Technology. Our Continuum of Natural Disasters project is our first official use of this site, but more projects are being planned. If you would like to suggest ideas and or contribute maps / apps / data to this platform please let us know. To access the NSGIC Online Mapping Platform click HERE