An alternate approach to assessing climate risks
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2012
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 93, Issue 41, pages 401–402, 9 October 2012
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2012), An alternate approach to assessing climate risks, Eos Trans. AGU, 93(41), 401.and , (
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2012
- climate change;
- risk assessment;
- water resources;
- decision making
U.S. federal agencies are now required to review the potential impacts of climate change on their assets and missions. Similar arrangements are also in place in the United Kingdom under reporting powers for key infrastructure providers (http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/sectors/reporting-authorities/reporting-authorities-reports/). These requirements reflect growing concern about climate resilience and the management of long-lived assets. At one level, analyzing climate risks is a matter of due diligence, given mounting scientific evidence. However, there is no consensus about the means for doing so nor about whether climate models are even ft for the purpose; in addition, several important issues are often overlooked when incorporating climate information into adaptation decisions. An alternative to the scenarioled strategy, such as an approach based on a vulnerability analysis (“stress test”), may identify practical options for resource managers.