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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

J. Vogel, M. O'Grady, and S. Renfrow

Report

October 19, 2015
In response to Executive Order 13653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, the U.S. Department of Energy is evaluating options for improving resiliency to climate change at its sites, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. To better understand and prepare for the potential effects of climate change, NREL established a Climate Change Resiliency and Preparedness pilot project.

Abt Associates assisted NREL in the implementation of this pilot project. In the first stage of the project, Abt conducted an assessment of the vulnerabilities of NREL’s site, facilities, operations, and mission activities to changes in climate.  This report presents a vulnerability assessment for NREL. The assessment was conducted in fall 2014 to identify NREL’s climate change vulnerabilities and the aspects of NREL’s mission or operations that may be affected by a changing climate.
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