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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation on Southwestern DoD Facilities

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Technical Report,11 May 2012,11 May 2017

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University of Arizona Tucson United States

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This project engaged managers across diverse DoD operations in the Southwest. Project objectives were to develop and pilot-test approaches for climate risk assessment evaluate climate adaptation best practices, and support adaptation planning compatible with DoD decision-making. We interacted with personnel from the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy, in diverse settings. We conducted case studies to test a climate change risk assessment framework and strategies for adoption of climate adaptation measures commensurate with mission success priorities. Immediate priorities dominate decisions and resource allocation, yet climate change requires planning for seasons-to-decades. There is rarely designated funding for climate adaptation thus, managers must divert scarce funds from competing priorities. Our approach emphasizes mainstreaming climate adaptation, by linking it to immediate challenges facing Base management, including wildfires, flooding, and sea level rise. Linking current challenges to projected risks catalyzes more active management, and increases chances for integrating climate change risks into decision priorities.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

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