Assessment Identifies Risks to Interconnected Systems
"In 2013, the neighboring cities of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, conducted a Climate and Hazards Vulnerability Assessment, which evaluated the local impacts likely to result from future climate change, in addition to impacts from existing hazards. The process evaluated 12 essential community sectors, such as drinking water, electricity, transportation, and stormwater, and scored them based on their adaptive capacity. Results indicated, for example, that housing and public safety are the least adaptive sectors, and that drinking water, transportation, and public safety should be considered for prioritized funding. The assessment also showcased the interdependencies between systems and the nature and magnitude of vulnerabilities.
Lessons learned from the Vulnerability Assessment were used to develop numerous strategies to reduce risk from climate change and natural hazards, such as securing alternative water sources, as well as creating updates to floodplain maps."