Integrating Hazard Mitigation Planning and Climate Planning in the Mountain West
WWA is well-positioned to support climate-informed hazard mitigation planning and the transition from planning to action. We are collaborating with a partner RISA program, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), to build the capacity of state and local hazard mitigation efforts to incorporate climate change planning into their natural hazards planning efforts, and to use those planning efforts to support actionable climate adaptation. The project will be completed in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on developing the Utah Hazard Planning Tool and engaging Utah stakeholders, and Phase 2 will support the transition from hazard mitigation planning to actionable climate adaptation at multiple scales in both the SCIPP and WWA regions. This collaborative project will both transfer a tested tool across RISA regions, and build on each team’s research to contribute to scientific understanding of climate-informed hazard planning.
Western Water Assessment, 2022. Utah Hazard Planning Tool, S. J. T. Arens, ed., Western Water Assessment, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.Utah Hazard Planning Tool (May 2022) Utah Hazard Planning Tool
Riley, R., D. Bertrand, and S. Arens, 2022: Connecting Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Planning in Climate Discourse-Sensitive Regions: A Cross-RISACAHMPCrossRISA.pdf
Collaborative Project. Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program and Western Water Assessment, 22 pp.