Extreme Weather Response

Increasing resiliency and reducing vulnerability

Extreme weather – including hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and floods – exact a significant toll on the nation’s economy and infrastructure, and threaten millions of lives each year. RAL has long played a key role in researching future climate conditions and the impacts of change. In this new focus area, RAL is now looking to accelerate research and development focused on adaptation of infrastructure to future extreme weather vulnerabilities. These efforts will improve situational awareness, capability, and safety for the public, emergency managers, and first responders. In addition, we seek to develop new methods to quantify the physical and economic impact of extreme weather events. We also plan to quantify the benefits of improved warning processes by applying non-market valuation methods to study household’s values or improved forecasts of extreme events.

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Extreme Weather Response