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The hydrologic and coastal processes underlying water resources management are very sensitive to changes in climate and weather. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a compelling need to understand and adapt to climate change and variability because our Civil Works Program and associated water resources infrastructure represent a tremendous Federal investment that supports public safety and local and national economic growth. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is mainstreaming climate change adaptation across activities to enhance the resilience of our Nation's water-resources infrastructure, and to reduce our vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change. We have developed a governance structure to support mainstreaming adaptation by establishing an overarching USACE Climate Change Adaptation Policy Statement and a Climate Change Adaptation Steering Council.

We are serious about planning and implementing climate change adaptation in accordance with our overarching Climate Change Adaptation policy Statement. Our senior leadership has and will continue to stress the importance of meeting the challenges to water resources management posed by climate change — and the opportunities as well. We understand that effective climate adaptation and mitigation must be integrated throughout the project life-cycle, and we intend to develop the policies, methods and technologies to do so. We must anticipate surprise and unexpected events, both natural and socioeconomic, and be able to respond effectively in a timely manner.

One way that USACE is improving our knowledge about climate change impacts and adaptation is by conducting targeted pilot studies to test new ideas and develop information needed to develop policy and guidance. Through these pilots, USACE is developing and testing alternative adaptation strategies to achieve specific business management decisions; identify new policies, methods, and tools to support adaptation for similar cases; learn how to incorporate new and changing climate information throughout the project lifecycle; develop, test, and improve an agency level adaptation implementation framework; and to implement lessons learned. Each of these pilot studies addresses a central question that will help guide us as we develop policy and guidance to mainstream adaptation.

Taken together, however, the pilot projects are providing a body of knowledge and tested methods that will be the foundation of how USACE successfully adapts to climate change, thereby increasing our resilience to, and decreasing our vulnerability from, the effects of changing climate. Recently, we compiled fact sheets on our pilots. This information, as well as an updated map, can be reached by one of the links below.

Climate Change Adaptation Pilots

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Map of Climate Change Adaptation Pilots

 

Map of Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Projects (updated 2013) (pdf, 534 KB)

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Climate Change Adaptation Pilots Report

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is improving knowledge about climate change impacts and adaptation by conducting targeted pilot studies to test new ideas and to develop and utilize information at the project-level scale, and to glean information needed to develop policy and guidance. Each of these pilot studies addresses a central question that will help guide USACE as we develop policy and guidance to mainstream adaptation.

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Climate Change Evaluation - Upper Missouri River Basin Mountain Snowpack - Accumulation and Runoff

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The purpose of this pilot research study was to assess the impact of climate change on mountain snowpack accumulation and runoff in the upper Missouri River Basin (Basin).

Central Question Addressed by Study

Are snowpack behaviors changing due to changes in the means and variances of the drivers as the amount of energy stored in the atmosphere increases? If this is the case, is the upper Basin, specifically the reaches above Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs, more susceptible to changes in the amount of runoff and runoff variability during May, June, and July (MJJ), based on climate change projections?

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Evaluation of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project, South Florida

Evaluation of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project, South Florida (pdf, 1.65 MB)

The C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project under the Congressionally-authorized Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The C-111 project is a critical piece in a long-term effort to restore and sustain freshwater flows through the unique south Florida sawgrass wetlands, and to sustain estuarine conditions in Florida Bay and the coastal mangrove forests.

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Cochiti Dam and Lake, New Mexico

"Climate Change Associated Sediment Yield Changes on the Rio Grande in New Mexico: Specific Sediment Evaluation for Cochiti Dam and Lake" (pdf, 3.43 MB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

What is the relationship between changing climate conditions and reservoir sedimentation, and could this relationship shorten the lifetime of the infrastructure project or impact its flood control pool?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Flood Risk Reduction, Navigation, Hydropower, Recreation

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Coralville Lake, Iowa

"Coralville Lake Climate Change Pilot Study" (pdf, 1.10 MB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

How do we incorporate climate change considerations into reservoir operating policies that will be robust and adaptive to potential climate changes in the interest of long term risk management?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Flood Risk Management, Recreation

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Climate Modeling and Stakeholder Engagement to Support Adaptation in the Iowa-Cedar Watershed

"Climate Modeling and Stakeholder Engagement to Support Adaptation in the Iowa-Cedar Watershed" (pdf, 2.34 MB)

 

Vulnerable Business Lines

Flood Risk Management, Recreation

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Garrison Dam, North Dakota

"Climate Change Associated Sediment Yield Impact Study: Garrison Dam Specific Sediment and Operation Evaluations" (pdf,1.77 MB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

How will climate change affect basin runoff, sedimentation rates, and operations of the Garrison Dam?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Flood Risk Management

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Impacts to Hurricane Storm Surge Inundation Resulting from Sea Level Change - Norfolk SLOSH Basin

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This investigation focuses on an assessment of the impact of Sea Level Change (SLC) on the severity of hurricane storm surge inundation within the Norfolk SLOSH (Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes) Basin.

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Marion Reservoir Watershed, Kansas

"Climate Change Impacts on USACE Water Supply Reservoirs: A Pilot Study of the Marion Reservoir Watershed in Kansas" (pdf, 1.65 MB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

How can climate modeling be incorporated as a decisionmaking
tool with respect to existing and future water
supply contracts?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Water Supply, Flood Risk Management

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Oologah Lake Watershed Adaptation Pilot, Oklahoma

"Utilization of Regional Climate Science Programs in Reservoir and Watershed Risk-Based Assessments" (pdf, 5.67 MB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

How can information from regional Federal climate science programs be used in water resource model assessments and associated risk management decision making by local, tribal, state and Federal interests; and what is the value of information from a detailed assessment compared to a reconnaissance-level assessment?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Water Supply

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West Maui Watershed Plan, Hawaii

"Applying Risk Informed Decision-Making Framework for Climate Change to Integrated Water Resource Management Planning - West Maui Watershed Plan" (pdf, 467 KB)

Central Question Addressed by Pilot

How can a risk-informed decision-making (RIDM) framework be
incorporated at the beginning of a collaborative planning process for a
place-based climate change adaptation strategy, and what are the
challenges in implementing an IWRM framework?

Vulnerable Business Lines

Ecosystem Restoration

 

 




revised 21 March 2017

 

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