As more frequent and intense weather events promise to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social systems, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has prioritized addressing the climate crisis through funding science and innovation. This will enable the ability to prepare, adapt, and mitigate future risks.
In 2020, the United States faced 22 severe weather and climate disasters costing $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services to install and test sensors for flood monitoring and management. Portions of this research are with international partners, such as the Netherlands, NATO, the European Union, and Canada.
S&T is also developing standards for response protocols that can easily be replicated and ensure that all communities are strong and resilient. S&T worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, FM Approvals and the Association of State Floodplain Managers to expand national standards and testing for this.
Finally, S&T is supporting climate-related risk and resilience research by working with three DHS Centers of Excellence to explore climate risks.
- The Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska
- The Coastal Resilience Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute at the University of Illinois
S&T will develop new capabilities to address homeland security gaps regarding climate change. In the long-term, S&T is advising DHS on plans for field testing and technology to be put into place for practical use.
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