Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach   [open pdf - 5MB]

"Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and have been shown to lead to a range of major and potentially adverse effects on the environment and public welfare. One of the objectives of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to provide the scientific basis for climate adaptation choices that support sustainable, resilient solutions at individual, community, regional, and national scales. To support this objective, ORD developed a tool that measures urban communities' resilience to climate change. The tool incorporates both indicator data and input from local sector managers to assess urban resilience for eight municipal management sectors: (1) water, (2) energy, (3) transportation, (4) people (public health and emergency response), (5) economy, (6) land use/land cover, (7) the natural environment, and (8) telecommunications. The tool is intended to provide local-level managers with a way to prioritize threats to resilience using locally available data across multiple sectors to inform adaptation planning. This report describes the tool in detail and discusses the results of applying it in two communities as case study examples: Washington, DC and Worcester, MA. The applications are intended to help individual communities as well as to identify important characteristics and activities that can be transferred across communities to strengthen adaptive capacity at the national scale."

Report Number:
EPA/600/R-16/365F; Environmental Protection Agency/600/R-16/365F
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United States Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/
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