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Federal Issue: Climate Change
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Climate Change

The Federal government currently lacks a data infrastructure that enables the measuring, monitoring, verifying and validating of the effects of global climate change. Acquiring the basic data sets would enable scientists, as well as Congress, the White House and other policy makers to make informed decisions about environmental controls that could have serious economic and quality of life implications for the American people.

MAPPS believes such geospatial data sets would be developed by surveyors, mapping professionals and others in the geospatial disciplines, and should include:

  • a series of mid-resolution land remote sensing satellite images;

  • a series of high-resolution satellite and aerial photographic images;a national elevation data set utilizing LiDAR and RADAR technology to quantify change in vegetative canopy structure and coincident field measurements of above-ground biomass;

  • a network of geodetic bench marks, coastal tide and sea level gauging and shoreline delineation maps for measurement and observation of long- and short-term change;

  • a series of historic and current land use and land cover classification data; a national administrative/government boundary data set delineating jurisdictions for Federal, state, local and tribal lands; a series of hydrographic map layers charting the surface water held in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and along coastlines; and 

  • a national transportation mapping program that models all of the systems that allow for moving people and goods from location to location via roads, waterways, pipelines, and other means.

MAPPS Comments on NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan (August 2010)

Global Climate Change Act of 2009

American Clean Energy and Security Act 2009, HR 2454

MAPPS Executive Director Column: "Capitol Gains- Global climate change and the profession"