Climate Risk Assessment & Resiliency Plan

EO80 directs DEQ, with the support of cabinet agencies and stakeholder engagement to prepare a North Carolina Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan. The Plan will include stakeholder engagement to draw upon the existing body of work and identify new areas for inclusion.

  • Convene science and climatological experts to develop a North Carolina specific climate assessment
  • Assess climate stressors based on past weather events and future climate trends/variability
  • Assess non-climate stressors
  • Explore threats, hazards, and impacts to public and private value streams
  • Prioritize areas and issues to address climate adaptation and resiliency grouped by sector and region
  • Assess vulnerability and risks incorporating technical and local knowledge
  • Develop a Resiliency Plan
  • Explore integration with hazard mitigation and comprehensive land use planning
  • Investigate options and solutions for highest risks
  • Evaluate costs, benefits, losses, and feasibility
  • Prioritize options and develop Resiliency Plan with evaluation metrics
  • Update Resiliency Plan every 3-5 years (as recommended by stakeholders)

DEQ will conduct an open process throughout the plan development using meeting, surveys, teleconferences, listening sessions and facilitated stakeholder process for focused topic areas throughout the state. The process will also include cabinet agency-led efforts to address risks and vulnerabilities associated with their programs.  

DEQ is partnering with North Carolina’s leading climate science experts to support the development of the State Climate Science Assessment.
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Anticipated Timeline
  • Jan. 2019 – May 2019:  State climate assessment and hazards assessment performed by subject matter experts
    • Natural Working Lands group work is underway. Learn More
    • Division of Coastal Management Workgroup met in February to plan summer workshops for local government input on building coastal resilience. 
    • Division of Coastal Management Workgroup hosted Northeast and Southeast Regional Resilience Workshops for Local Governments in Elizabeth City (5/2) and Wilmington (5/14). Workshops were designed to better understand recent climate-science and implications for the region, examples of approaches and strategies to build resilience, local impacts of natural hazards/stressors, and how the state should support local efforts.
  • June 2019 – Aug 2019:  Vulnerability and risk assessment conducted through stakeholder meetings
  • Aug. 2019 – Oct. 2019:  Explore options/solutions and prioritize feasible actions
  • Dec. 2019:  Draft North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan to public comment
  • Feb. 2020:  Revised plan provided to the Climate Council
  • March 2020:  Final plan submitted to the Governor