2019 Program Archive: Advancing Practical Application of Indicators for Urban Resilience and Adaptation Planning

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Advancing Practical Application of Indicators for Urban Resilience and Adaptation Planning

Jordan M West
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Concurrent Sessions 3
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Indicators can be a powerful tool for communities to use in detecting status, rates, and trends of environmental and social variables (GlobalChange.gov). Often used as a means of monitoring the condition of (for example) the economy or the environment, indicators are also increasingly being developed and considered in multiple stages of adaptation planning and implementation, to support effective mitigation and adaptation measures and to inform research, education, and management decisions. Indicators related to climate change drivers and impacts can be used to assess risks and vulnerabilities, evaluate resilience, inform adaptation design, and monitor effectiveness after adaptation actions have been implemented on the ground. This symposium explores how we might improve practical application of physical, ecological, and socio-economic indicators as inputs to vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning tools and frameworks. Speakers will present case studies from cities and communities working to improve uptake and utility of indicators for meeting adaptation challenges in urban environments, and present frameworks for using indicators that are applicable to cities across the nation. Also addressed will be challenges common to all sectors regarding how best to identify and use indicators of different types for combined multi-sectoral/cross-sectoral assessments and to inform decisions at multiple scales. The final segment of the session will be devoted to an interactive moderated discussion of how the use of urban indicators for adaptation on the ground can continue to be improved, and how their use nationally--across more communities and with greater equity--can be supported.

Lessons learned and recommended actions to improve indicator usefulness nationally
Richard Moss, EPA Office of Research and Development
  • Richard Moss, Columbia University
Applying insights from NCA4 to evaluate urban vulnerability: Indicators in EPA’s METRO tool
Julie Blue, Eastern Research Group, Inc.
Challenges of combined indicators for cross-sectoral urban infrastructure assessments and urban social-ecological-technological sustainability
Rae Zimmerman, New York University
Managing urban warming in Louisville, KY: Indicator uses and needs
Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville, KY
Moderated Discussion
Jordan M West, EPA Office of Research and Development