Infrastructure Damage/Fragility Models and Data Quality Issues Associated with Department of Defense Climate Vulnerability and Impact Assessment
STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report provides input to the U.S. Department of Defense s DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program s SERDP efforts to support climate vulnerability and impact assessments of infrastructure assets located at military installations. It considers the availability, quality, and usefulness of two distinct types of information to support assessments 1 damage and fragility information, and 2 topographic, bathymetric, and asset data. It was informed in part by interviews with SERDP funded research teams and a range of relevant experts from across the Services and academia. Climate change vulnerability and impact assessments can be undertaken at different levels, or scales, within DoD, depending upon the decisions to be informed and the decision maker s tolerance for risk or uncertainty. The three scales that are the focus of this report are 1 Service wide assessment, 2 installation level assessment, and 3 detailed, asset level assessment. At the larger scales of this spectrum of assessment types, DoD planners can use assessments to identify and prioritize vulnerabilities and optimize resource allocation across or within Services or installations at finer scales, DoD planners can benefit from detailed assessments for identifying specific infrastructure vulnerabilities, associated risks to missions, and asset specific investments that may mitigate risks.
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