First Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge: Who’ll Start the Reign?

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erosion, based on high-resolution scientific data.

Minnesota Solar Suitability Analysis, submitted by GIS graduate students at the University of Minnesota, provides an interactive map that homeowners and solar panel installers could use to determine the amount of solar energy per square meter anywhere in Minnesota.

EveryDropLA, submitted by CitySourced, a private software development in Los Angeles that specializes in using technology to encourage civic engagement, encourages water conservation by allowing users to report water waste through a Web platform.

Costal Resilience 2.0, created by The Nature Conservancy with multiple partners, is a Web-based GIS program that helps coastal communities to assess the potential risk from storm surge and sea level rise. The website also allows users to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions, and identify ways to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards.

Flood Forecast, created in 24 hours by a four-person team at the Hack4Colorado Hackathon in Denver, residents in Boulder County, CO, to register their address and receive push alerts when that location is in imminent danger of flooding.

Save the Rain, submitted by Mark Laudon of Vancouver, BC, enables users to determine how much rainfall occurs anywhere, helping them “to make smarter choices and save water when it is available.”

Global Forest Watch Commodities, created by an information technology and services consultant in partnership with the World Resources Institute of Washington D.C., is a Web-based platform that companies can use to analyze how buying and selling palm oil, wood pulp, soy, and other commodities affects forests.

Community Resilience Inference Measurement, created by Mashery, a San Francisco-based software development firm, used a new socioeconomic model to quantify how resilient individual communities would be to climate-related hazards. The app also provides factors that increase or decrease resilience.

—CommunityViz Web App, submitted by Placeways, a software developer and consulting firm in Boulder, CO, allows planners can use to quickly share results of their analyses of energy use, greenhouse gas generation, and other developmental impacts.

The Trust for Public Land Urban Heat Risk Explorer, submitted by The Trust for Public Land, highlights urban heat island hotspots with elevated daytime temperatures that average at least 1.25 degrees Fahrenheit above the mean daily temperature. The mapping software helps cities prepare for, respond to, and recover from extreme heat events.

Unity, developed by California-based RideAmigos for the nonprofit Denver Regional Council of Governments, offers trip-planning software that gives residents a convenient online resource to explore multiple commuter options.

Culvert Inventory for Climate Resilience, created by San Francisco’s Mashery, provides a user-friendly template and online video instructions and support to encourage “citizen scientists” to help create an inventory of culverts for regional transportation management agencies.

Local Food Alternatives in Washington County, an app submitted by the City of Hillsboro, OR, provides information on the availability of local and seasonal produce from nearby farms, markets.


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