Climate change is sharpening nature's claws. It is making our cities - and their communities, infrastructure and assets - increasingly vulnerable to floods, storms, heatwaves and other climate stresses.
The growing climate risk and resilience sector is now mobilising to respond. Disaster risk managers, urban planners and insurers now have access to an abundance of risk data. Yet they struggle with a dearth of practical knowledge on how to transform climate risk data into action on the ground : into risk informed planning, into insurance uptake and into behavioural change. Without this knowledge the climate vulnerability in our cities will only continue to grow.
In order to close the climate protection gap, we are creating a new gearbox for the transmission of risk data into risk informed action.
Resurgence's solution is to work intensively at the critical interface between open risk data and modelling on the one hand, and integrated risk communication, user -centred design and behavioural decision science on the other.
We are doing this collaboratively. We are doing this at scale. And we are aligning all of our projects, and products with the triple policy architecture of the 2015 agreements : the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement guide our mission.
Our clients and partners are drawn from the international agency community, the insurance, technology, media and civil engineering sectors.
We offer world-class expertise in the following:
Open City Climate Risk Modelling: Resurgence is co-developing the Vizonomy City Climate Risk Terminal which gives city managers access to a world-class dynamic flood and sea-level rise (SLR) risk modelling platform that allows them to visualise climate impacts on city areas and by infrastructure type and to communicate them effectively to all city stakeholders.
Capacity Building in the Effective Use of Climate Risk Data in Decision-Making: Resurgence is producing a Risk Visualisation & Communication Framework and Guide with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank and its core US partner, Vizonomy. In the spirit of open collaborative design we are publishing our early stage work here.
Climate Risk Communication: Resurgence has developed the communication strategy for the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R) in consultation with its partners such as the MIT Climate Co- Lab and the Red Cross Climate Centre.
Open Data Infrastructure for City Climate Resilience: Resurgence has produced in partnership with UNISDR, Open North, the Ecological Sequestion Trust and GeoSUMR an Open Data Roadmap for Cities with 30 case studies, many of them covering climate resilience including urban flooding, storms and heatwaves, and cascading climate risk).
Urban Climate Resilience Diagnostics: Resurgence has supported AECOM and IBM to produce the City Disaster Resilience Scorecard for the 4,300 cities participating in the UN Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
We are currently engaged in building the capacity of 25 Arab cities to use the City Disaster Resilience Scorecard and the Roadmap to build local open data infrastructure for flooding and for other climate hazards.
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