Assessment Identifies Risks to Interconnected Systems


"In 2013, the neigh­bor­ing cit­ies of Eu­gene and Spring­field, Ore­gon, con­duc­ted a Cli­mate and Haz­ards Vul­ner­ab­il­ity As­sess­ment, which eval­u­ated the local im­pacts likely to res­ult from fu­ture cli­mate change, in ad­di­tion to im­pacts from ex­ist­ing haz­ards. The pro­cess eval­u­ated 12 es­sen­tial com­munity sec­tors, such as drink­ing wa­ter, elec­tri­city, trans­port­a­tion, and storm­wa­ter, and scored them based on their ad­apt­ive ca­pa­city. Res­ults in­dic­ated, for ex­ample, that hous­ing and pub­lic safety are the least ad­apt­ive sec­tors, and that drink­ing wa­ter, trans­port­a­tion, and pub­lic safety should be con­sidered for pri­or­it­ized fund­ing. The as­sess­ment also show­cased the in­ter­de­pend­en­cies between sys­tems and the nature and mag­nitude of vul­ner­ab­il­it­ies.

Les­sons learned from the Vul­ner­ab­il­ity As­sess­ment were used to de­velop nu­mer­ous strategies to re­duce risk from cli­mate change and nat­ural haz­ards, such as se­cur­ing al­tern­at­ive wa­ter sources, as well as cre­at­ing up­dates to flood­plain maps."

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