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Title: A Decision Analysis Tool for Climate Impacts, Adaptations, and Vulnerabilities

Climate change related extreme events (such as flooding, storms, and drought) are already impacting millions of people globally at a cost of billions of dollars annually. Hence, there are urgent needs for urban areas to develop adaptation strategies that will alleviate the impacts of these extreme events. However, lack of appropriate decision support tools that match local applications is limiting local planning efforts. In this paper, we present a quantitative analysis and optimization system with customized decision support modules built on geographic information system (GIS) platform to bridge this gap. This platform is called Urban Climate Adaptation Tool (Urban-CAT). For all Urban-CAT models, we divide a city into a grid with tens of thousands of cells; then compute a list of metrics for each cell from the GIS data. These metrics are used as independent variables to predict climate impacts, compute vulnerability score, and evaluate adaptation options. Overall, the Urban-CAT system has three layers: data layer (that contains spatial data, socio-economic and environmental data, and analytic data), middle layer (that handles data processing, model management, and GIS operation), and application layer (that provides climate impacts forecast, adaptation optimization, and site evaluation). The Urban-CAT platform can guide city and county governmentsmore » in identifying and planning for effective climate change adaptation strategies.« less
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Conference: Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Anaheim, CA, USA, 20160522, 20160524
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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ORNL LDRD Director's R&D
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United States
Information system; climate change; decision analysis; impacts; adaptation; and vulnerability