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Front. Environ. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00147

Regionalizing resilience to acute meteorological evens: Comparison of regions n the U.S

  • 1Gulf Ecology Division, Environmental Protection Agency, United States

Using a Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) that was developed to represent resilience to acute weather events at multiple scales for the United States, nine regions of the United States are compared for resilience for these types of natural hazards. The comparison examines the domains, indicators and metrics of CRSI addressing environmental, economic and societal aspects of resilience to acute climate events. The index uses indicators and metrics that assess ecosystem, economic, governance and social services at county scales. The index was applied at the county scale and aggregated to represent select regions of the United States. Comparisons showed higher levels of resilience in the Northeast and West while counties in the Southeast and South-Central regions exhibited lower resilience to acute climate events.

Keywords: Climate events, resilience, Vulnerability, CrSi, recoverability

Received: 16 Aug 2018; Accepted: 08 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Yang Liu, Emory University, United States

Reviewed by:

Gulnihal Ozbay, Delaware State University, United States
Sofia Kottou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece  

Copyright: © 2018 Summers, Harwell, Smith and Buck. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. James K. Summers, Gulf Ecology Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, 32561, Florida, United States, summers.kevin@epa.gov