Climate Tools

Below you will find a variety of important initiatives to various climate change tools throughout the DoD and beyond

Department of Defense Tools

DoD Climate Assessment Tool (DCAT)

This is a CAC-enabled, web-based collection of scientific climate data to support research, analysis, and decision making about exposure to historical extreme weather and reasonably foreseeable climate effects. The DCAT enables Military Departments and their installation personnel to deliver consistent exposure assessments and prioritize regions or installations for additional climate-related studies.

The User Manual can be found at the below link, navigate to the right side of the main page and select Manuals/Indicators or Resources.


Department of Defense Regional Sea Level (DRSL) Database

The DRSL database integrates future sea level change information for DoD facilities at coastal locations. The Department of Defense's Environmental Research Programs offer a publicly available version of the DoD Regional Sea Level (DRSL) database. The database provides regionalized sea level scenarios for three future time horizons (2035, 2065, and 2100) for 1,774 DoD sites worldwide. UFC 2-100-01 requires the use of the sea level change scenarios in the DRSL database for determining floodplains and design elevations for planning activities in coastal or tidally-influenced locations. Where DRSL elevations are not available, Service-specific guidance should be consulted. UFC 3-201-01 requires the use of these elevations for determining the design flood event and design flood elevation on form DD1391.


Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI)

The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Program is responsible for coordinating, standardizing, and leveraging geospatial information and analytics across DoD's global business mission areas to better manage installations and the warfighter support infrastructure.

Through policy, guidance, standards and direct use of geospatial information in the Joint Information Environment (JIE), DISDI enables the sharing and interoperability of high-quality installation geospatial data across all levels of DoD to support the National Defense Strategy.

This global web map provides detailed views of all DoD installations and operating areas along with useful National-scale layers (e.g., Congressional Districts, infrastructure, environmental data) and up-to-date imagery. Use it to create your own "operating picture" of Defense installations. DISDI Atlas User Guide


USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience (CPR) Tools

The USACE Civil Works Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice has developed and maintained several online tools that may be of use to military planners.

Time Series Toolbox (TST)

Many data sets form time series consisting of repeated observations over weeks, months or years. It used to be thought that these series captured the variability around stable, long-term, average conditions. But with climate change, many of these datasets are starting to show directional change.

Planners need to be able to describe long-term average conditions as well as evidence for directional change such as might occur due to climate change, land development, and demographic changes. The time series toolbox (TST) allows the user to analyze any relevant time series to look for trends and discontinuities (also known as “nonstationarities”) in the data in order to better understand current and project future conditions in planning studies.

The TST can take as input any properly-formatted time series dataset, and so can work with climate, environmental, economic, sociological or other data. The TST identifies for the user the proper data format, and has tools to facilitate key data pre-processing steps (such as standard methods for filling data gaps). This central portal provides the user with automated data pre-processing and works to standardize and streamline common approaches to time series analysis and modeling. This allows for more consistent, repeatable, and efficient time series analysis.

Sea Level Tools

Coastal flooding, typically in response to storm surges or waves, is exacerbated by sea level rise. Sea level change can directly impact the functionality of DoD installations dependent on near-shore access.

Global mean sea levels are rising due to melting land ice (glaciers, ice sheets) and warming oceans. But at any given location, the change can be compounded by subsidence (land surface fall due to natural causes and human activity) or offset by land surface rise (due to volcanic or tectonic activity in Earth’s crust). Consequently, the relative rate of sea level varies from location to location and must be determined on a project-by-project basis.

Sea Level Analysis Tool (SLAT)

SLAT is designed to integrate and expand the functionality of the Sea Level Change Curve Calculator and the Sea Level Tracker. The tool allows users to calculate trends of observed and projected water levels from over 140 NOAA tide gages; estimate when various water levels may cross elevation thresholds of local infrastructure; and export visualizations and data as downloadable files. SLAT enhances the climate resilience of the Nation’s coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems.

Sea Level Calculator

For locations outside the installation/site fence line, the Sea Level Calculator can be used to assess projected changes in relative sea level at the nearest tide gage. This can be used to develop coastal flood inundation maps for planning purposes. It can also be used for engineering design and construction if sufficiently detailed topographic data are available for a project location.

The USACE Online Sea Level Change Calculator is a web-based tool that accepts user input such as project start date, selection of an appropriate NOAA long term tide gauge, and project life span to produce a table and graph of the projected sea level changes for the respective project.

The USACE Sea Level Calculator for Non-NOAA Long-Term Tide Gauges for areas without a nearby NOAA tide gauge.

Sea Level Tracker

The Sea Level Tracker visualizes historical, observed changes in mean sea level (MSL) as measured and reported by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tide gauges, mapped against the USACE sea level change (SLC) projections. The tool enables the comparison of actual SLC with USACE SLC projections (as described in ER 1100-2-8162) and other projections, along with observed monthly water levels and trends based on historical data. On p. 2 of 6, select CARSWG 2016. These components can help decision-makers can align various sea level change scenarios with existing and planned engineering efforts, estimating when and how the sea level may impact critical infrastructure and planned development activities.


Environmental Justice (EJ)

CEQ Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST)

CEJST is a tool for identifying environmentally disadvantaged communities. EO 14008 directed CEQ to develop a tool to facilitate spatial analysis of environmental justice and support the policy set forth in the EO. CEJST implements a systematic methodology that identifies environmentally disadvantaged locations based upon comparison to the national average on a set of indicators. The threshold for disadvantaged status is to exceed the 65th percentile on any of 21 environmental indicators, and exceed the 65th percentile on proportion of low-income population while 80% of population 15 or older are not enrolled in higher education. Spatial area of analysis is based on census tracts, and sociodemographic data is drawn from the census. CEJST is distinct from similar EJ tools, including EJScreen, in that it implements a methodology for positively identifying environmentally disadvantaged areas. The tool remains in beta development and open to public comment on the methodology and how it could be improved.

EPA Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJScreen)

EJScreen is a tool for mapping and analyzing environmental justice data. EPA developed EJScreen following EO 12898 to help federal agencies comply with the EO and assess environmental justice across the country. Like CEJST it is based on census tracts. EJScreen gathers a variety of information sources relevant to understanding environmental justice. Compared to CEJST, EJScreen does not implement a methodology for identifying environmentally disadvantaged communities but offers a greater wealth of sociodemographic variables for analysis and improved mapping capabilities. EJScreen facilitates analysis and allows users to make their own assessments and determination of environmental justice and disadvantage.


Military Services Weather and Climate Tools

U.S. Air Force Weather

The 557th Weather Wing (557 WW) is the Air Force’s premier weather wing, providing world-class weather support and decision superiority to commanders and warfighters to “win today's and tomorrow's fight." The 557 WW is part of a broader Air Force Weather enterprise of units supporting the Joint Force with timely and relevant global weather information. The Air Force Weather enterprise also includes the Air Force Weather Web Services (AFW-WEBS) portal, a CAC-enabled site with up-to-date global weather information, visualizations, and data services.

U.S. Air Force Climate (14th Weather Squadron)

The 14th Weather Squadron, located at Asheville, N. C., is the Air Force’s only climate operations unit that collects, protects and exploits authoritative climate data to optimize military and intelligence operations and planning in order to maximize the combat effectiveness of Department of Defense personnel and weapons systems.

U.S. Navy Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC)

The Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) provides the highest quality, most relevant and timely worldwide meteorology and oceanography support to U.S. and coalition forces from its Operations Center in Monterey, California.