2014-10-31. NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities.

posted Oct 31, 2014, 1:33 PM by Alan Gould
For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future. ...The study found that by the 2050s, sea level rise alone could lead to an increase of 50 percent or more in coastal flooding frequency with varying impacts to NASA facilities, a high percentage of which are located near coastlines. In total, the agency has approximately $32 billion in constructed assets and about 64,000 employees, contractors and partners. ...Adaptation strategies underway and under consideration include: beach re-nourishment to minimize sea level rise and storm surge impacts; building designs that reduce reliance on the remote power sources that may become less reliable during extreme events; and, landscaping changes that reduce water use in dry regions and capture rain water to reduce flooding in wet regions. NASA satellite products and climate models are being used to inform decision-making about energy and water use and other onsite assets.... NASA RELEASE 14-292. http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/october/nasa-program-enhances-climate-resilience-at-agency-facilities.