Increasing Community Resilience to Climate Crises

Aerial view of flood water in the Cedar River running through Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Project Brief

The Challenge

With natural disasters and severe weather worsening due to climate change, communities across the country are evaluating how to best protect themselves in a crisis. Communities of color and low- and moderate-income communities often face conditions—such as transportation and infrastructure that are less resilient to environmental crises—that make them especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

As part of its Community Resilience Program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology needed help compiling data and assessing whether improved buildings and infrastructure systems (e.g., power, water, transportation) could increase community resilience to climate crises across the United States.

ERG's Solution

ERG compiled over 100 datasets from multiple federal agencies that looked at community and population development over time. The data provided input on socioeconomic and environmental measures that helped assess community resilience, vulnerability, and well-being. NIST will use ERG’s database to create a quantitative map for communities to evaluate potential vulnerabilities in recovering from environmental crises, with the goal of assisting at-risk communities in responding to the increasing effects of climate change.


National Institute of Standards and Technology