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Resilient Analytics’ Unique Approach to Climate Change

March 2, 2023

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According to, the average global temperature has risen by 0.32 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1981. The effects of climate change can be seen across the globe, and our current infrastructure is aging and needs to be rebuilt with an eye on the future. Future-focused analytics will be critical to prioritizing human safety and capital investments because past climate data is becoming obsolete.

Resilient Analytics, a company recently acquired by Stanley Consultants, is working hard to create a more sustainable world built to adapt to future risks. Resilient Analytics has developed unique solutions to better predict climate change impacts on people and infrastructure; they take it a step further by offering recommendations to address identified impacts.

Who is Resilient Analytics?

Resilient Analytics is a global leader in applied climate science. Resilient Analytics has developed proven climate, engineering and economic models that help clients understand how climate stressors will impact infrastructure and people, determining future fiscal costs and risks to communities and organizations. A focus on investment, policy, design and equity are all considered for adaptation to our changing environment.

How Stanley Consultants and Resilient Analytics are Prioritizing Climate Science

Resilient Analytics’ expertise and actionable insights have transformed expected impacts into quantifiable numbers in ways few can match. These models can allow organizations of all kinds to stay ahead of climate change and better prepare for the future. 

Using data driven models and analysis, Resilient Analytics works across multiple sectors to better understand the effects of climate change. The environmental science experts at Resilient Analytics are leading the industry in determining risks and cost impacts for asset portfolios, supply chain, public health and infrastructure.

Assessing Vulnerable Infrastructure

One of the key services provided by Resilient Analytics is a vulnerability assessment. These assessments help to identify an organization’s climate vulnerabilities through three key components:

  • Baseline creation. The assessment identifies infrastructure types as well as features such as materials used, energy requirements and location to determine status of a given asset.
  • Project climate and social impacts. Resilient Analytics models climate change as far into the future as 2100 for any region of the world using the proprietary Infrastructure Planning Support System (IPSS). They can also analyze social and economic impacts to paint a full picture of stressors. 
  • Detailed analysis. Accounting for projected climate changes and other impactors, Resilient Analytics generates actionable data with remediation cost estimates, possible failure points and additional critical issues. They can take climate science to the next level by not only addressing these issues but offering solutions.

Working with a recent client, Resilient Analytics was able to analyze climate conditions and determine potential impacts that may result in power interruptions at a new data center. They then took it a step further and analyzed social and economic conditions in each utility area to determine effects on power for the data center. 

With this holistic approach to vulnerability assessments, the Resilient Analytics team can help to create stronger communities and provide insights that have been used to identify millions of dollars in savings for clients; all while reducing the near-term and long-term risks to critical operations.

Planning and Adapting

Resilient Analytics can help businesses identify and prioritize investment strategies to keep pace with climate change. They offer a neighborhood level analysis of risk-reduction and adaptation opportunities. Two key services offered include:

  • Adaptation needs and options. The Resilient Analytics team can work with organizations to determine infrastructure in need of improvements based on criticality, company timelines and climate risk projections.
  • Cost-benefit analyses. Using various adaptation scenarios, investment costs can be compared with long-term climate projections to determine actionable project timelines for key investments.

Resilient Analytics conducted a first of its kind sea level rise study of all coastal areas in the lower 48 United States. Utilizing both sea level rise and storm surge maps, they determined coastal and inland waterway protections for 50,000 miles of coastline property containing infrastructure assets and identified how these costs would be associated with coastal cities.

Managing Risk

The final key piece of the Resilient Analytics portfolio is risk management. This practice draws on both vulnerability assessments and adaptation analyses to verify money spent preparing for climate change is money well spent in the greatest number of possible future outcomes. Looking at all scenarios from best-case to worst-case, organizations can better understand which investments make the most sense across the most climate projections.

Resilient Analytics was asked to develop a risk profile for a bank that had significant assets throughout the San Francisco Bay area, focusing on the growing threat of wildfire. They analyzed wildfire patterns in the area, combined with climate projections, to develop risk profiles for each decade through the 2050s. In this manner, the bank was able to determine which assets had the highest risk profile and exposure to the increasing wildfires in California.

Contact Stanley Consultants

For more than 100 years, Stanley Consultants has been driven by the purpose of improving lives. As the impacts of global climate change become more prevalent in our everyday lives, we understand the importance of finding more sustainable and renewable energy solutions to meet our client’s needs.

Beyond climate science, we can work with your organization to address needs in a wide range of business areas. Learn more about Stanley Consultants by checking out the previous work we’ve done. Connect with us to work directly with a Stanley Consultants expert.

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