Walk Score

Walk Score measures walkability on a scale from 0 – 100 based on walking routes to destinations such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail

Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods.

Link: https://www.walkscore.com/

https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works

Author:  Walk Score

Category: Economy, Equity, Health, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Safety, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Walk Score Maps

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for viewing online. Walk Score data can be requested and is available in a variety of formats including shapefiles, spreadsheets, and via APIs.

Last Updated: 2017

Walkability Index

The National Walkability Index is a nationwide geographic data resource that ranks block groups according to their relative walkability. The national dataset includes walkability scores for all block groups as well as the underlying attributes that are used to rank the block groups.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping#walkability

Author:  U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program

Category: Demographics, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Treepedia

Treepedia measures the canopy cover in cities using a  scaleable and universally applicable method by analyzing the amount of green at the street-level perception based on Google Street View (GSV) images. The tool provides a Green View Index to evaluate and compare canopy cover to help galvanize the implementation of green canopy strategies.

Link: http://senseable.mit.edu/treepedia

Author: MIT Senseable City Lab, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community

Category: Demographics, Sustainability, Resilience

Geographic Scope:  Global cities

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Green View Index, Maps, Compare Cities

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Street Level

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Surging Seas Risk Zone Map

Climate Central’s Surging Seas: Risk Zone map shows areas vulnerable to near-term flooding from different combinations of sea level rise, storm surge, tides, and tsunamis, or to permanent submersion by long-term sea level rise. The tool enables exploration of inundation ​risk ​up to 30 meters across the world’s coastlines as well as local sea level rise projections at over 1,000 tide gauges on 6 continents.

Link: https://ss2.climatecentral.org/#12/40.7298/-74.0070?show=satellite&projections=0-K14_RCP85-SLR&level=5&unit=feet&pois=hide

Author: Climate Central

Category: Demographics, Equity, Resiliency, Climate, Sustainability

Geographic Scope: Available for global coastal cities

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Projections, Map Images, downloadable data

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: July 2016

Surging Seas Risk Finder

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is a searchable web tool designed to provide citizens, communities and policymakers in the U.S. with the tailored local information they need to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding in their own neighborhoods. The interactive toolkit includes maps, local sea level and flood risk projections, and potential impacts for population, land, and, depending upon location, other variables.

Link: https://riskfinder.climatecentral.org/

Author: Climate Central

Category: Demographics, Economic, Environment, Infrastructure, Resiliency, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  Available for the entire contiguous coastal U.S.

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Spreadsheets, Slideshow-ready tables & graphs, fact sheets, area comparisons, local sea level & flood risk projections

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple: NOAA, USGS, FEMA, DOT, DOE, DOI, EPA, FCC and the Census.

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2016

Surging Seas Mapping Choices

Surging Seas Mapping Choices is an interactive global online map that allows anyone to search for a global location and visually compare the local potential consequences of different emissions and warming scenarios. Users can view the long-term sea levels that different pathways could lock in and download map images or embed the map.

Link: https://choices.climatecentral.org/#12/40.7116/-74.0010?compare=temperatures&carbon-end-yr=2100&scenario-a=warming-4&scenario-b=warming-2

Author: Climate Central

Category: Resiliency, Infrastructure, Climate, Sustainability

Geographic Scope: Available for global coastal cities

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Sea Level Projections, Map Images, Scenarios,  Downloadable data

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple: NOAA, USGS, FEMA, DOT, DOE, DOI, EPA, FCC and the Census.

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for viewing online and download.

Last Updated: July 2016

Smart Location Database

The Smart Location Database is a nationwide geographic data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes more than 90 attributes summarizing characteristics such as housing density, diversity of land use, neighborhood design, destination accessibility, transit service, employment, and demographics. Most attributes are available for every census block group in the United States.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping#SLD

Author:  U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program

Category: Land Use, Economics, Equity, Mobility, Transportation, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs:  Maps

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: U.S. Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Smart Growth Livability Calculator

The online Smart Growth & Livability Calculator prototype is designed to help practitioners and researchers meet a variety of planning and design challenges related to corridors, station areas, and complete streets, climate action planning and providing affordable housing near transit in support of active and sustainable travel. This Smart Growth & Livability Calculator builds on work developing The Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors and the associated Livability Calculator, sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board.

Link: http://smartgrowthcalculator.herokuapp.com/index.html

Author: Bruce Appleyard, San Diego State University, et. al.

Category: Demographics, Transportation, Sustainability, Mobility, Economy, Equity, Housing, Land Use

Geographic Scope:  Regional

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Online Maps, Statistic Readouts

Skill Level: Low

Data-Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download

Last Updated: N/A

Sea Level Rise Toolbox

An interactive sea level rise viewer designed to give South Floridians a better understanding of how sea level rise might impact their neighborhoods. The tool is aimed to help Floridians adapt to sea level rise and better understand what local governments, including Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, are doing to adapt to sea level rise.

Link: http://citizeneyes.org/app/

Author: FIU School of Communication and Journalism Coastal Management

Category: Environment, Resiliency, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  Miami-Dade County

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Visualization of sea level rise up to six feet in South Florida

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: SLR Surfaces

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download

Last Updated: May 2016

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

This tool allows users to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise and provides easy access to inundation and elevation data via NOAA’s Digital Coast. The data and maps in this tool illustrate the scale of potential flooding, not the exact location, and do not account for erosion, subsidence, or future construction. Water levels are relative to Mean Higher High Water (MHHW).

Link: https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/

Author: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management

Category: Environment, Resiliency, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  National (with the exception of AK)

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Local Scenarios

Skill Level: Medium

Data Level: Coastal Cities

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: April 2017

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