US: Azavea, a GIS development company, was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of $225,000 by the US Department of Energy to develop an online local climate impact assessment tool. This initial Department of Energy research grant will enable Azavea to solve the technology problems required to make location-specific climate risk assessment possible.
The project, which is done in partnership with environmental conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, aims to create online software tools that will enable local planners, designers and decision-makers to better understand and address the climatic risks in their local communities.
Azavea will leverage and enhance GeoTrellis, the company's open source high-speed geoprocessing framework, to support interactive climate impact modeling. While Azavea's Phase I development work will focus on a single geographic location and a pre-loaded selection of climate and socioeconomic data, once a prototype is complete, Azavea will be eligible to apply for Phase II funding, which will enable scaling of the application to nationwide coverage.