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Climate Resilience Screening Index for Acute Meteorological Events
Summers, Kevin, L. Smith, L. Harwell, AND K. Buck. Climate Resilience Screening Index for Acute Meteorological Events. To be Presented at 11th Annual Conference - Growing Sustainable Communities, Dubuque, Iowa, October 02 - 03, 2018.
Exposure of CRSI approach to communities leaders to determine utility and applicability to their needs for decision-making and resilience improvement
Natural disasters often impose significant and long-lasting stress on financial, social and ecological systems. From Atlantic hurricanes to Midwest tornadoes to Western wildfires, no corner of the U.S. is immune from the threat of a devastating climate-event. Across the nation, there is a recognition that the benefits of creating environments resilient to adverse climate events help promote and sustain county and community success over time. The challenge for communities is in finding ways to balance the need to preserve the socio-ecological systems on which they depend in the face of constantly changing natural hazard threats. The Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) has been developed as an endpoint for characterizing county and community resilience outcomes that are based on risk profiles and responsive to changes in governance, societal, built and natural system characteristics. The Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) framework serves as a conceptual roadmap showing how acute climate events impact resilience after factoring in the county and community characteristics. By evaluating the factors that influence vulnerability and recoverability, an estimation of resilience can quantify how changes in these characteristics will impact resilience given specific hazard profiles. Ultimately, this knowledge will help communities identify potential areas to target for increasing resilience to acute climate events.