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Argonne National Laboratory

Applying Climate Science to Inform Resiliency Planning

Experts leverage decision science to identify actions to help public and private sector entities adapt to and become resilient in the face of climate change impacts and synchronize actions to the benefit of integrated natural and man-made infrastructure.

With people across the globe experiencing the effects of climate change — from droughts in the western United States and Brazil to floods in eastern Europe, India, and across the United States — governments and businesses are seeking ways to adapt and become more resilient.

For more than 20 years, researchers at Argonne have led major research efforts and developed tools and methodologies to support local, state, and federal sponsors in enhancing the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure in the face of natural and manmade disasters. In the case of climate change, decision and information scientists collaborate with laboratory experts in climate science to inform decisions that governments, businesses, and other agencies can take to adapt to identified risks, guard against them, or recover more rapidly from their impacts. This collaborative effort led to the establishment of the Center for Climate Resilience and Decision Science in 2021.

Leveraging a system wide view, Argonne researchers are able not only to help individual organizations but also synchronize the efforts of entities working across a range of public and private sectors to address complex, entangled and cascading impacts from climate change:

  • State, local, tribal, and territorial government
  • Emergency management and public safety
  • National security and defense
  • Energy security and resilience
  • Environmental impact analysis and natural resources protection
  • Infrastructure owners and operators
  • Community members
  • Public health
  • National laboratories and academia

Integrating the efforts across the spectrum of sectors increases the overall resilience of a system that encompasses the electric, petroleum, natural gas, water, and telecommunications infrastructure that serves our transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, housing, food and agriculture, and finance institutions.