8A.5 Informing Decisions and Increasing Resilience – Working with Municipal Planners in the Lower Missouri River Basin

Wednesday, 28 June 2017: 9:30 AM
Mt. Mitchell (Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort)
Martha Shulski, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; and N. Umphlett, Z. Tang, T. Abdel-Monem, and F. Uhlarik

The impacts of projected climate change is an ongoing concern for municipalities. Planning at the local level often involves investigations of multiple hazards on decadal timescales. Of particular interest to cities are implications of too much or too little water, snow storms, heat waves, and freeze/thaw cycles on infrastructure, health, energy demands and water quality and availability. A two-year project led by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has brought together scientist and stakeholder for the purpose of informing municipal planning and climate adaptation for 12 cities in the lower Missouri River Basin states (IA, NE, KS, MO). City-specific climate reports have been developed with municipal input to aid local planning efforts. Surveys to assess municipal climate data usage were distributed to all cities with a population greater than 5,000 in the four-state region. In addition, planning efforts for 18 municipalities have been evaluated for nearly 20 cities in the region to investigate local hazard mitigation, emergency, and comprehensive plans. This talk will outline key outcomes of the project thus far and discuss decision support tools developed in co-production with city planners.
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