Discussion » Lessons for Integrating Resilience Assessment and Infrastructure Planning
I am working to develop and implement tools that integrate climate change and disaster resilience into municipal decisions, infrastructure planning in particular. One of the challenges I see is the variation in data availability and integration of projected impacts into planning decisions (e.g. flooding, urban heat island, drought, etc.). Before any implementation measures can be developed, the data challenge must be addressed. Data needs must balance an evaluation of the resolution needed for planning decisions and readily available local biophysical and urban characteristics (topography, rain gage data, vegetation, population projections, building footprint, etc.) These data are as important as the availability of regionally-specific climate change impact projection (sea level rise, temperature, precipitation, etc.).
There are potential solutions to these challenges, but it seems that they must be tailored based on context. I would like to discuss with any of you interested in this topic or who may have ideas or questions. I would like to work towards development of approaches that allow for implementation anywhere.
Dear Adrienne Greve, thank you for starting this discussion! Integrating resilience into urban planning seems like a no-brainer. Planning for cities makes only sense if it's long-term planning. And if the planning is not resilient, it's not long-term. Yet, as you said, the challenge for cities is that data to inform resilient-planning is not always available and, even when available, it is not necessarily factored in capital investment plans.
Based on your experience, what are the basic datasets/analyses that can make a real difference for cities as they go about planning for their future? And can you help us understand how difficult it is to get this information (especially for cities that have not yet started that process)? Many of our community members are from small/medium-sized municipalities in developing countries, so it's essential we offer solutions that are accessible without major funding/capacity requirements.
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