Climate Risk and Resilience

Climate Risk and Resilience

As more and more countries declare a climate emergency, the global race to net zero carbon emissions is essential. But equally governments and businesses must prepare for new climate extremes by understanding the risks at an appropriate scale, building local resilience and ultimately developing new adaptation pathways to climate change.

Contact Us

Key contact

Rick Cox - Environment

Regional Vice President Business Development

Alexandria, United States

+1 703 920 7070 environment@bmtglobal.com

Climate Risk and Resilience

We are emerging as a world leader in the field of climate change resilience and adaptation, working across a broad range of sectors including state and local government agencies, critical infrastructure owners and operators, the finance and health sectors, and defence and security entities. We also provide bespoke services to our key customers to understand methods and approaches for carbon accounting and assistance in developing decarbonisation solutions.

Services

Our services in climate risk and resilience include:

Knowledge Brokering and Learning Services

Knowledge Brokering and Learning Services

With multidisciplinary expertise across engineering, science and planning, our teams can help customers take their first steps toward understanding and adapting to climate change. This includes translating complicated climate science and emission scenarios for our customers’ benefit as well as assisting them to obtain and interpret relevant climate and hazard data sets. Bridging the gap between science, big data and best practice, our senior specialists are recognised as experts in their field, and run training programs for professional bodies such as the Planning Institute of Australia in climate risk and adaptation.

Climate Change Vulnerability

Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessments

With the right combination of strategic planning skills and detailed technical assessment capabilities, we can assist our customers through a three-pass risk assessment process from general awareness through to a detailed understanding of their exposure and risk.

*3 Tier Risk Assessment Process
Image courtesy of NCCARF

*Reference: Palutikof JP, Rissik D, Webb S, Tonmoy FN, Boulter SL, Leitch AM, Vidaurre ACP, Campbell MJ (2019) CoastAdapt: an adaptation decision support framework for Australia's coastal managers. Climatic Change 153:491–507.

Hazard Modelling and Mapping

Hazard Modelling and Mapping

One of our key differentiators is our ability to represent climate risks through state of the art numerical modelling and GIS mapping outputs. Using our in-house hydrologic software TUFLOW and other software packages, we can provide reliable and accurate mapping of both current and future hazards across key climate issues such as flooding, storm tide, erosion, sea level rise, heat, bushfire and drought.

Resilience and Adaptation Planning

Resilience and Adaptation Planning

We go beyond simply assessing the physical risks of climate change and engage with our customers, investors and insurers to develop practical solutions. Our international team has experience working with all levels of Government and industry in the development of climate regulatory instruments, policy development, adaptation plans and associated guidelines. Some of our innovative tools and guidelines developed for climate risk and resilience studies include:

  • FloodIntel – a near real-time web-based application for predicting local flood impacts and informing emergency management responses such as road closures and evacuations.
  • Climate Risk Tools for Households and Small Business – these tools developed for State and Local Governments provide practical advice for householders and small businesses to quickly and easily assess their climate risk and develop local solutions.
  • Guidelines for Climate Risk and Coastal Transport Infrastructure – these national guidelines outline how road, rail, port and airports can assess and respond to coastal climate risk challenges.
  • Guidelines for Hospitals and the Health sector – these guidelines provide advice to the health sector around the future risks and adaptation pathways for dealing with climate-related human health issues.
  • Asset Management Risk (AMR) Tool – developed to assist asset managers, this application provides an online and clickable spatial asset vulnerability tool using ArcGIS story board. The database stores information on risks to physical assets from future climate change and can be used to track change over the design life of the infrastructure.
Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Decarbonisation Advice

As we all move toward targets of net zero emissions, our international team can assist by undertaking greenhouse gas assessments and audits as well as making practical recommendations for decarbonisation.

Coupled with our sustainability capability, we can assist our customers to achieve industry-accredited sustainability ratings for their facilities and infrastructure as well as providing practical advice to reduce energy and water usage resulting in tangible cost and environmental benefits.

Blue Carbon Credits and Offsetting

Blue Carbon Credits and Offsetting

Our marine science teams across the world have worked in the blue carbon space for over 50 years. As momentum grows globally toward more and better use of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass ecosystems as highly effective carbon sinks, our teams can assist our customers to undertake carbon accounting assessments for natural ecosystems as well as designing and implementing large scale restoration and rehabilitation programmes that generate carbon credits.

Our expertise is also well demonstrated in the area of coral reef restoration and rehabilitation, assisting island conservation managers across the Pacific and Indian Oceans to build resilience and restore these critical marine ecosystems.

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning for Choiseul Bay, Solomon Islands

BMT, in association with Buckley Vann town planners and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ), undertook a climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning study for the remote centre of Choiseul Bay, at the northern tip of the Solomon Islands.

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Seqwater Built Assets (2020)

Seqwater is the Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority and manages over $11 billion of water supply infrastructure - including dams and weirs, conventional water treatment plants, a desalination plant, the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme, as well reservoirs, pump stations and more than 600 kilometres of bi-directional pipeline network. As part of Seqwater's climate change risk management, this project undertaken by BMT assessed climate change vulnerability of Seqwater's built assets.

Coastal Hazard Assessment Strategy for the Cairns Regional Council (2019-2020)

BMT have led the development of coastal hazard maps (sea level rise, storm tide inundation and erosion) for the City of Cairns in Far North Queensland and used this information to undertake a risk assessment of assets and infrastructure of the City under three timeframes (current, 2050 and 2100), incorporating climate change projections.

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Climate Change Impact Assessment

BMT conducted a climate change impact assessment as part of comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement process for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion. The project involved the construction of a new runway (able to accommodate Boeing 787 aircraft), taxiways and apron infrastructure within the Sunshine Coast Airport site which is a low lying heath environment that is bounded by the Maroochy River as well as the open coast at Marcoola Beach.

Development of a Climate Resilient Design Guide for Infrastructure

In partnership with the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), BMT is helping to prepare new national guidelines regarding climate resilient materials. The new guidelines, known as Practice Note 12.2: Climate resilient materials for infrastructure assets (PN 12.2) will be released by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) to supplement the existing Practice Note 12.1: Climate Change Impacts on the Useful Life of Infrastructure (PN 12.1), previously prepared by Northern Beaches Council and IPWEA.