Science Inventory

Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach (External Review Draft)

Notice:

EPA is announcing the availability of the draft report, Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach, which describes an assessment tool that uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative indicators to help cities identify areas of resilience and vulnerability to climate change impacts across different sectors. The report is being released for a 30-day public comment and peer review period as announced in a June 21, 2016 Federal Register Notice.

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach (External Review Draft). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-15/312, 2016.

Impact/Purpose:

EPA scientists and their collaborators have created an assessment tool to help cities identify climate change risks in eight different municipal sectors. The report identifies indicators of traits that may enhance or inhibit communities’ resilience to climate change, allowing decision makers to focus on planning issues that are least resilient to those impacts.

Description:

Climate change impacts are diverse, long-term, and not easily predictable. Adapting to climate change requires making context specific and forward-looking decisions regarding a variety of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities when the future is highly uncertain. EPA scientists and their collaborators created an assessment tool to help cities identify climate change risks in eight different municipal sectors. The report identifies and tests indicators of traits that may enhance or inhibit communities' resilience to climate change, allowing decision-makers to focus planning efforts on those areas that are least resilient to anticipated impacts. The results yielded an approach that provides a way for cities to explore threats to and measures of resilience. It also demonstrates the utility of this systematic and flexible method in providing useful information for future adaptation planning for different types of cities.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT ( REPORT)
Product Published Date: 06/21/2016
Record Last Revised: 07/01/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 236452