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Climate Risk and Resilience

ICF applies its award-winning experience to help organizations achieve their objectives in the face of risks posed by extreme weather and climate change. We harness the deep sectoral and geographic knowledge of the world’s largest team of climate professionals to solve today's complex resilience challenges. ICF leverages the knowledge gained from our decades of work pioneering science-based approaches to ensure that our clients thrive in a future that is fundamentally different than the past.

We work with public- and private-sector clients at the local level and around the globe to promote climate-resilient decision making and build capacity to manage climate risks. Our clients include multinational companies and organizations; local, state, and federal agencies; metropolitan planning organizations; and international funding institutions. Our multidisciplinary team brings extensive knowledge of energy, transportation, health, environment, and other sectors to these cross-cutting issues.

Our risk and resilience services include:

  • Evaluating extreme weather and climate risks
  • Developing decision-support frameworks for addressing environmental risks
  • Identifying, evaluating, and recommending resilience options
  • Investigating the nexus between resilience and disaster management
  • Enhancing asset management and financial tracking systems to capture the costs of extreme weather and climate risks
  • Building the business case for mainstreaming climate risk management into existing activities
  • Engaging stakeholders through pilot programs, workshops, and outreach

Our decades of experience in extreme weather and climate risk and resilience are marked by a series of firsts:

  • ICF performed the first detailed vulnerability assessment of extreme weather risks to transportation in a single location (Mobile, Alabama), which is expressly designed to enable transferability of tools and approaches across the United States.
  • ICF supported the World Bank in the development of a national-level and several sectoral tools to rapidly screen for risks in all Bank investments. These tools are supporting the largest climate risk screening effort ever undertaken, as measured by the value of the investments that are being screened.
  • ICF developed the first U.S. federal agency adaptation framework—for the Federal Highway Administration—and provided technical assistance to transportation climate resilience pilots implementing the framework.
  • ICF developed the first climate risk screening tool for park infrastructure for the National Park Service.

ICF’s international support includes technical assistance for the agency bureaus, field missions, and partner practitioners of the U.S. Agency for International Development to integrate climate resilience into the fabric of the agency. We have also supported five Canadian agencies, the European Commission, UN agencies, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and national-level clients outside the United States, and have led innovative adaptation projects spanning every major sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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