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Cost of Climate Impact on Boulder County

Client:

Boulder County

Project Type:

Environmental & Regulatory

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Key Takeaways

Precipitation Events Increasing Damage

The intensification of extreme precipitation events is leading to significant damage to roads, buildings and the surrounding landscape in Boulder County.

Wildfire Risk Is Significantly Increasing

The number of extreme fire days is increasing by an order of magnitude to over 100 per year.

A/C Demand Is Increasing

Half of homes in Boulder County do not have air conditioning, resulting in a growing demand for energy as more systems are installed.

About the Project

Exploring the Local Implications of Climate Change in Boulder County

The true cost of climate change extends beyond physical impacts to infrastructure. Public health, ecology, and economic growth are also impacted by climate change. Boulder County required a study to determine a broad assessment of climate impacts from infrastructure to pest infestation and public health. For each sector, an adaptation cost was set as the goal to develop a true cost of climate change.

Resilient Analytics was the lead consultant in this effort tasked with developing the adaptation functions to include a broad set of sectors. The team was challenged with collaborating across multiple government agencies to establish agreed upon methodologies for each sector. The team was additionally tasked with working with legal advisors to provide input to potential legal action.

Resilient Analytics developed a suite of new functions to determine adaptation costs for each sector. Cost assessments were developed for public health impacts, urban canopy risks, neighborhood road maintenance, and mountain conditions among others. The team delivered assessments for each sector, as well as key risks for the county and the costs associated with adaptation strategies for these risks.

 

Solutions

Asset Management

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Engineering & Design

Engineering and design services at Stanley Consultants combine our robust technical skills with forward-thinking innovation to deliver the highest-quality results.

Environmental & Regulatory

At Stanley Consultants, our talented team of scientists and engineers is focused on helping clients adapt to evolving regulations and finding solutions to protect the changing environment.

Program Management

Stanley Consultants brings more than 200 areas of engineering and architectural expertise to our program management services, with program delivery, program integration and project cost management at the heart of all we do.

Project Management

At Stanley Consultants, we offer a broad range of professional expertise in construction management and constructability reviews to meet project objectives and deliver results.

Strategic Planning & Consulting

At Stanley Consultants, we understand that planning and consulting include every aspect of engineering. We use the best tools available to create designs and master plans built for longevity, resiliency, and sustainability.

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