The Colorado Climate Network works with its members and other organizations to support actions by local governments and others in Colorado to make the state's communities more resilient to the possible impacts of climate change. This is a primary, but not exclusive, focus of the Network.
A major initial Colorado Climate Network program on climate change resilience and preparedness is the Colorado Local Resilience Project. CCN and the Colorado Municipal League (which itself is a CCN member)in 2014 jointly convened 78 officials and program staff of 30 local governments and six allied organizations, to develope a comprehensive, detailed path forward for local governments and others to improve the resilience of Colorado communities to climate-change-related risks.
The report of the Local Resilience Project, representing the first phase of this program, was released. A second phase of the program that is now ongoing focuses on implementation of the recommendations in the report. For more details and links to the report and other information, please go to the next page.
As one outgrowth of the Colorado Local Resilience Project, the members of the Colorado Climate Network supported the successful application of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (the nonprofit which adminsters the Network) for Colorado state government funding to undertake a pilot project to analysis exactly how the latest climate models project that climate change will drive increases in extreme weather in Colorado. This pilot project is an important step in showing what can be done, and how, in fulfilling major recommendations from the Local Resilience Project that more work be done to assess local climate-change-related risks, and that that work:
Funded by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs using federal disaster recovery funds, the pilot project focused on projected increases in extreme temperature and precipitation in Larimer and Boulder counties, the two Colorado counties most affected by flooding and wildfires in 2013. That analysis has been completed and two separate reports on projected extremes in Larimer County and Boulder County have been released.
The next climate extremes analysis, patterned after the Larimer and Boulder reports but actually going beyond them by including additional analysis, covers the Denver metropolitan area. That report is being prepared for the City and County of Denver's Department of Environmental Health. Preliminary results have been released, and the full report will be released in spring 2017.