Technology Merit: Climate Risk Information Technology

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ICF International for developing two climate change resilience tools, under a U.S. Department of Transportation project, that helps transportation agencies overcome barriers to conducting climate change vulnerability assessments. The CMIP Climate Data Processing Tool addresses the challenge of obtaining locally downscaled climate projection data that is expressed in terms relevant to transportation decision making. The Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) reduces the resources required to conduct a system-wide vulnerability assessment by guiding users through data collection from existing datasets, internal knowledge, and spatial analysis. By automating vulnerability calculations, transportation agencies can conduct vulnerability assessments of hundreds of assets within a matter of weeks or months. Both tools have made vulnerability assessments substantially more accessible to transportation agencies, and both are already in use. Spearately, ICF developed an online tool called EZ Retrofit to assist multi-family property owners in saving energy and water.