Using the National Climate Assessment to Help Protect Federal Assets
GSA owns or leases 9,624 assets, maintains workspace for 1.1 million Federal employees, preserves more than 481 historic properties, and procures more than $60 billion in products and services for the Federal Government.
In 2013, through a set of full-day “scenario sessions,” the USGCRP National Coordination Office and member agencies NOAA, NASA, EPA, and USDA helped GSA to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The collaborating agencies harnessed regional climate scenarios developed in support of the Third National Climate Assessment to begin planning for climate-related risks to Federal facility and supply chain assets managed by GSA’s Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO offices. The GSA team developed detailed storylines describing how climate change might affect assets in Washington and Kansas City 50 years in the future. Two-page summary versions of USGCRP’s Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios played an especially important role in developing these storylines, enabling the GSA team to quickly identify and prioritize region-specific climate risks. In post-session surveys, participants resoundingly affirmed a sense of increased organizational readiness and confidence in preparing for climate-related risks. To learn more about the Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios, which were produced by NOAA in collaboration with other agencies, visit: http://go.usa.gov/8pkT
In 2014, USGCRP led the translation of National Climate Assessment and IPCC findings into a read-ahead “playbook” for the interagency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Workshop, part of the Federal Government’s Climate Change