Full Title: Climate Change and Infrastructure, Urban Systems, and Vulnerabilities
Author(s): Thomas J. Wilbanks, Steven J. Fernandez, George Backus, Pablo Garcia, Karl K. Jonietz, Paul H. Kirshen, Michael Savonis, William Solecki, Gasper Loren Toole
Publisher(s): Department of Energy
Publication Date: 1/2014


This technical report on “Climate Change and Infrastructure, Urban Systems, and Vulnerabilities” was prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in support of the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). Prepared on an accelerated schedule to fit time requirements for the NCA, it was a summary of the currently existing knowledge base on its topic, nested within a broader framing of issues and questions that need further attention in the longer run.

Cross-sectoral issues related to infrastructures and urban systems have not received a great deal of attention to date in research literatures in general and climate change assessments in particular. As a result, this technical report breaks new ground as a component of climate change vulnerability and impact assessments in the U.S., which means that some of its assessment findings are rather speculative, more in the nature of propositions for further study than specific conclusions that are offered with a high level of confidence and research support. But it is a start in addressing questions that are of interest to many policymakers and stakeholders.