This past July in Boulder, Colorado the 4th Annual Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) Workshop brought together a diverse range of expertise from industry, academia, research organizations, government, indigenous, and other non- governmental organizations. Key risk and resilience issues experienced by Indigenous Peoples, and urban planning, defense and agriculture sectors were explored through a series of panel discussions and breakout sessions. Participants had a strong focus on the decision needs to support resilience, and better understanding of climate related risks. Communication was a prevailing theme of the workshop; from communicating exposure to risk and perceptions of uncertainty, to relevant decision and investment timeframes, to articulating problems and economic impacts more clearly. The wealth of existing decision-support tools, their uptake and relevance were also discussed.
ECEP is well placed to lead the way with standardizing tools and assisting with tool selection. The workshop concluded with an assessment of priority activities for the next year:
• Create specific implementation, business or marketing plans to accompany the high
level strategic plans for ECEP and GRRIT
• Submit proposal to the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change challenge
• Incorporate and support collaborator activities related to GRRIT framework
• Explore setting up an exchange program, for NCAR scientists or other academics to
spend time in an active decision-making environment and vice-versa, to enable