NASA 2014 Climate Risk Management Plan: Managing Climate Risks and Adapting to a Changing Climate   [open pdf - 1MB]

Taken from the Background section of the report: "NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] recognized as early as 2005 that 'regional climate variability' could pose a risk to its operations and missions and identified it as a risk within NASA's risk management framework. Many Agency assets - 66% of its assets when measured by replacement value - are within 16 feet of mean sea level and located along America's coasts, where sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of high water levels associated with storms are expected, and in other parts of the country where long-term changes in temperature and precipitation intensity and duration are expected to impact potable water supplies. Subsequent initiatives at NASA, such as encroachment risk assessment workshops held in 2007, confirmed that 'natural hazard s' could impact NASA Centers and their ability to execute mission activities. Fortunately, engagement of NASA's own preeminent climate science expertise enabled NASA to refine a vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy process at both cross - Agency and Center - specific workshops starting in 2009, which has led to local Center - level capacity building, increased awareness of NASA's climate - related vulnerabilities and risks, and changes in policy. While climate change is a global phenomenon, impacts are being and will be felt at all scales, and NASA recognizes that integrating climate change adaptation into Center planning is a local activity, guided by Headquarters support. Thus, NASA Centers own and manage risks, including those associated with a changing climate and NASA Headquarters provides policy and planning directives and guidance, such as issuing a new Land Management Policy in 2013."

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