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Monday, March 24, 2014

New U.S. Storm Surge Data

Our recently published article in Climate Risk Management presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern United States (Texas to Maine) for vulnerability and impacts assessment. The dataset, which is based on archived simulations with NOAA's SLOSH model, includes multiple inundation overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise. In addition to presenting this dataset, the article also presents two case study applications for coastal exposure assessment - one for U.S. energy infrastructure in the Southeast and one for future coastal housing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Climate Impacts and U.S. Energy Infrastructure

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that U.S. energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts—particularly infrastructure in areas prone to severe weather and water shortages. Climate changes are projected to affect infrastructure throughout all major stages of the energy supply chain, thereby increasing the risk of disruptions. This report complements a range of studies emerging from the federal government (particularly the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Global Change Research Program) in the past couple of years that effectively say the same thing.