King County launches beta-version GIS Open Data

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks released a beta-version of a tool illustrating the effects of climate change on the Puget Sound region. The highly technical tool uses spatial data (via GIS, or Geographic Information Systems), to visualize how specific climate impacts may affect communities, infrastructure, facilities and natural resources. The portal draws on data from the Climate Impacts Group’s 2015 report on climate change in Puget Sound, and is designed for professionals trained in geographic information systems.

The tool is being developed to support analysis needed by city planners, resource managers and other professionals in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change. Data include historical and projected changes in temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflows for the Puget Sound basin. Users can use the site to view or download the data.

The tool is still in development, and the Department encourages users to reach out with feedback on the project. Visit the GIS portal webpage to test the tool and provide feedback.