Climate Impact Statements™
Climate Impact Statements (CIS)™ can be used in much the same capacity as an Environmental Impact Statement, with the exception that the CIS™ addresses the impact of the environment, including projected climates, on the project and seeks to minimize risks to existing or new developments, assets or infrastructure.
Our CIS™ are living documents, providing changes in potential risks for 20-year time slices that represent near-term (2030), mid-term (2060), and long-term (2090) projections. Clients can do ‘what-if scenarios,’ or ‘visioning’ exercises to explore how their actions may alter the impacts depending on their goals and how they use their resources.
A CIS™ can help to develop and monitor “tipping points,” or the points where a risk moves from acceptable to unacceptable. By understanding the potential timing of these tipping points, it is possible to respond promptly, potentially avoiding system failures. Our clients can be proactive and not reactive to a changing future.
Climate Impact Statements
A Climate Impact Statement addresses the impact of the environment on the project and seeks to minimize any failure or damage to existing or new developments, infrastructure, or ecosystem service over the course of its life cycle.
A CIS™ addresses current gaps in the Environmental Impact Statements by being dynamic in its approach. The CIS™ is a living document, it is not a static one-time process, but rather evolves and responds to the environment as changes occur.
Adaptation & Resilience
The CIS™ helps anticipate and adapt to the extremes of a changing climate, reducing risk and improving community and infrastructure resilience, both today and in the future.
Affordable Risk Identification
The CIS™ process is primed to be started at project start as a simple and affordable add-on process. Planning and designing projects which incorporate future climates and potential environmental impacts increase the sustainability of the project and is an investment that will pay off many times over.
By incorporating local traditional knowledge into the CIS™ process, we can monitor and adapt our climate impact models to reflect the real-world changes as they occur.