The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience in Existing Water Planning, Design and Operations

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will host a free webinar on the new CRIDA methodology for resilient water management planning and decision making under uncertainty. The lead authors, including AGWA's Coordinator, will guide participants through CRIDA and its potential applications, while also exploring complementary methods for mainstreaming resilience into water management.

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, the presenters will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.