Climate Risk Assessment in Western North Carolina

Climate Risk Assessment in Western North Carolina


BB Cutts (NC State), RE Emanuel (NC State), KL Martin (NC State), KM Suttles (USFS), JM Vose (USFS), DN Wear (USFS), JW Coulston (USFS)



Project Goal

The goal of this project is to combine past and future hydrology model (i.e., Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)) outputs with demographics data to create maps and prioritize climate change adaptation planning for especially vulnerable communities in western North Carolina’s Yadkin-Pee Dee River Watershed.

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Special thanks to the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for support this work.

sheila m. saia, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher


. Applying Climate Change Risk Management Tools to Integrate Streamflow Projections and Social Vulnerability. Ecosystems, 2019.

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. Assessment of Hydrologic Vulnerability to Urbanization and Climate Change in a Rapidly Changing Watershed in the Southeast US. In Science of the Total Environment, 2018.

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