Evaluating Local Climate Risk and Identifying Resilience Opportunities

Reno, Nevada

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Photo by Dianne Phelps - Courtesy of the City of Reno


The community of Reno, Nevada is a community in transition. The community has recently completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and is developing its first climate action plan. Through the Compact of Mayors, Reno has also committed to identifying climate hazards, assessing climate related vulnerabilities, and development and implementing a climate adaption plan. Through this partnership and project, the City of Reno would like to evaluate climate hazards risks and vulnerabilities and identify opportunities to increase resilience with a focus on the community’s most vulnerable populations.

Project Team

Community Lead

Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager for the City of Reno, leads the city’s sustainability and climate initiative. She comes to Reno with more than 20 years experience in the green building and urban sustainability fields. The 2016 priorities for the City of Reno’s Sustainability and Climate Initiative are to conduct a community-scale greenhouse gas inventory and produce a sustainability and climate action plan. Lynne will lead a collaborative and inclusive process to establish the communities vision for our future, and to identify a comprehensive and holistic set of sustainability and climate goals that reflect the communities aspirations for the environment, economy and equity.

Scientific Lead

Peter Webster is a co-owner of CFAN and CFAN’s Chief Scientist. His research spans tropical atmospheric and ocean large-scale climate dynamics and the applications of these fields to the forecasting of rainfall, floods and droughts in monsoon regions of the world.  Recently, Dr. Webster has focused on developing flood, heat wave, and tropical cyclone forecasts for the monsoon regions in South Asia, and has actively engaged in working with developing countries and development banks to support tactical adaptation strategies using forecasted extreme weather events. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recently served as President of the AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section and is a former member of the AGU TEX Advisory Board.