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Regionalizing resilience to acute meteorological events: Comparison of regions in the United States.
Summers, Kevin, L. Smith, L. Harwell, AND K. Buck. Regionalizing resilience to acute meteorological events: Comparison of regions in the United States. Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA, January 17 - 19, 2019.
Provides a comparison of the EPA regions for county-level resilience to acute climate events. Allows EPA Regions to determine which counties need to develop stronger resilience patterns.
Using a Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) that was developed to represent resilience to acute weather events at multiple scales for the United States, regions of the United States are compared for resilience. The comparison examined the domains and indicators of CRSI addressing environmental, economic and societal aspects of resilience to acute climate events. The index uses indicators and metrics that assess the natural and built environments, as well as society in context of risk and governance at U.S. county scales for the period 2005 -2015. The index was applied at the national, state, county scales and at selected communities. Comparisons showed higher levels of resilience in the Northeast and Northwest while lower estimates of acute climate events resilience were estimated for the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico coast regions.