The Department of Defense (DoD) faces a long-term threat from a changing climate to its many infrastructure installations. In response, ESTCP is supporting projects that seek to address infrastructure resilience needs using innovative and cost-effective technologies.
DoD installations currently use the Defense Climate Action Tool (DCAT) for the integration of projected climate conditions into planning. The tool relies on the Localized Constructed Analogs (LOCA) statistical downscaling technique with a daily temporal and 6 km spatial resolution; the technique currently relies on the prior generation CMIP5 global climate models. In 2022, the ESTCP Resource Conservation and Resiliency Program Area is funding projects that will assess the currently available approaches regarding statistical and dynamical downscaling of climate-related data and that can be applied to the 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) climate model data for the purpose of informing DoD infrastructure planning. Specifically, the following projects will compare, contrast, and identify technical readiness and maturity of currently available state-of-the-science and engineering practice approaches that support infrastructure site planning and engineering design needs for DoD installations in the contiguous US (CONUS), Alaska (AK), and Hawaii (HI):
To learn more about the other forty-nine new ESTCP project selections for FY22, please visit our new project selection page.