The Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized climate change as a national security challenge, both domestically and abroad. To assist the Massachusetts Army National Guard (MA ARNG), Kleinfelder completed a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for its Camp Edwards installation that identified key risks and potential adaptation strategies related to climate change.
Since the base is located in a vulnerable coastal setting, it was necessary to develop a predictive model for potential sea level rise and storm surge impacts, as well as to translate predicted changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme events into potential impacts. Camp Edwards is the largest training facility of its type on the East Coast and must maintain military readiness for the State of Massachusetts during extreme weather events, as well as meet its mission as a key training facility.
The Kleinfelder team used the most current climate change projections to develop quantitative and predictive assessments, using a variety of scenarios. The assessment included development of a customized sea level and storm surge inundation model, a vulnerability and risk assessment of infrastructure, operational, and training impacts for a variety of climate change scenarios, identification of key priority planning areas, and suggested adaptation strategies.
Kleinfelder worked closely with the Guard to develop a detailed assessment of climate change vulnerabilities that had the potential to adversely impact the Guard’s ability to perform its key missions. The assessment provided the Guard’s risk from near- and long-term climate impacts, the areas of highest concern, and the beginning of an adaptation plan to maintain their military readiness.