September 13, 2023
Conference Paper

Incorporating climate change into risk-informed resilience planning


In response to the development of portfolio-wide Climate Action Plans by federal agencies, federal sites are working to incorporate the impacts of climate change into their resilience assessments. However, it can be challenging to incorporate climate change scenarios into resilience assessments given the uncertainty inherent in climate change modeling. Incorporating these factors into a resilience plan requires an understanding of what the different climate scenarios mean, as well as how to estimate potential impacts of climate change on hazard occurrence on a regional, or even local, scale under different scenarios. We discuss approaches to incorporating this data into risk-informed resilience assessment processes, such as those implemented in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) and the Sustainability Performance Division’s (SPD) Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan (VARP) Risk Assessment Tool. We also describe the climate scenarios and the availability of hazard data for site resilience planning, based on modeling included in the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the National Climate Assessment (NCA), and state-level reports. We present examples from the TRN risk assessment and the VARP Risk Assessment Tool to illustrate how sensitivity analysis can be used to incorporate climate change projections into the resilience planning process.

Published: September 13, 2023


Rabinowitz H.S., A. Delgado, D.B. Elliott, J.A. Rotondo, and M. Whitfield. 2022. Incorporating climate change into risk-informed resilience planning. In ACEEE 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 21-26, 2022, Pacific Grove, CA, 11-198 - 11-213. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-170960.

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