Our Impact

Fighting Climate Change with Data: Risks, Resilience, and Mitigation

         CODE has worked since 2015 to promote the use of data to fight climate change. In that year we attended the historic COP21 meeting – the meeting that produced the Paris Agreement – and held a side event on climate data co-hosted by the Government of Mexico, the Government of France (Etalab), and the International Open Data Charter. This Climate Open Data Roundtable began to identify some of the most valuable datasets to mitigate climate change and improve resilience. CODE also published a widely shared Huffington Post article outlining a framework for using climate-relevant data for climate monitoring, adaptation, mitigation, and international engagement.     
        The COP21 roundtable and a follow-up workshop at the 2016 Open Government Partnership Summit launched a project to make climate data more accessible and usable. Drawing on these convenings, CODE and the World Resources Institute (WRI) co-authored the initial draft of a guide to using climate data for national and local governments, which the Open Data Charter released for public comment in 2017. WRI and the Open Data Charter have now published Open Up Climate Data: Using Open Data to Advance Climate Action, a guide that is being pilot-tested in several Latin American countries. CODE’s work on this project was funded by the International Development Research Centre through the Open Data for Development network.
         With the Biden administration committed to addressing climate change through every Federal agency, CODE is now partnering with government and the private sector to apply data to this global threat. We’re working to develop new data-driven solutions for assessing the risks of climate change, developing resilience strategies, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
         In June 2021, CODE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) co-hosted a Roundtable on Data for Climate Risk Assessment in Vulnerable Communities. CODE’s Briefing Paper for this event presented frameworks for evaluating both the likelihood of climate hazards and community vulnerability, and reviewed some of the most important datasets and models to support this work. The Roundtable included a public Webinar featuring leaders from NOAA, the Department of Commerce, the Council on Environmental Quality, local and private-sector climate data organizations, and Amazon Web Services and the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, which supported CODE’s work on this project. In August, 2021, CODE published a Summary Report of the Roundtable’s findings and a Climate Risk Data Resource Hub for public use. 
         Since late 2021, CODE has focused on two major climate-related projects. The first has been an ongoing collaboration with the Bezos Earth Fund to develop an Environmental Impact Data Collaborative to promote the use of data for environmental and climate justice in the U.S. In February 2022, CODE held a virtual Roundtable to support the development of the Data Collaborative with 170 participants and 37 breakout sessions held over two days, the largest Roundtable CODE has ever held, followed by a workshop for Bezos Earth Fund grantees in June.
         The second project is a collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), hosted within the Statistics and Data Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). CODE recently drafted a paper published by PARIS21, Envisioning a Climate Change Data Ecosystem, that laid out the case for a coordinated approach to using data for climate action on a national level. CODE, PARIS21, and Open Data Watch are now planning  to develop and pilot-test a model for a Climate Change Data Ecosystem (CCDE) approach that can apply data for climate adaptation in countries around the world.
         CODE has made climate change a top priority for our work. We’re developing new projects with our government and private-sector partners as we explore data-driven approaches to improving resilience, increasing community-level data capacity, and developing mitigation strategies. We welcome ideas for collaboration in this important area. Please reach out to us at contact@odenterprise.org.