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Emerald Coast Energy Infrastructure Resilience

APTIM identified risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities of energy infrastructure for Emerald Coast's military bases with the aim of informing adaptation project priorities.

To support the ability of the military to carry out its mission on the Emerald Coast, APTIM’s team partnered with Jacobs to:

  • Complete an energy infrastructure vulnerability analysis and technical report
  • Develop a scoring system to rate energy vulnerability
  • Identify effective investments and solutions to promote energy resilience

Project History

Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC) is one of ten regional planning councils in the state of Florida. Their mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in northwest Florida by advising local governments, state and federal agencies, and the public. ECRC coordinates intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems, provides technical assistance to local governments, and meets the needs of the municipalities in its seven-county region.

ECRC recognized the immediate need to increase the resilience of military installations in order to mitigate damages caused by hurricanes, sea level rise, and other climate-related risks. Some natural hazards specifically threatening the long-term sustainability of local military installations include shoreline erosion; increasingly frequent and intense tropical storms; and heat, droughts, and wildfires. These hazards are compounded by man-made vulnerabilities during weather events, such as incompatible urban development and infrastructure susceptible to overload or collapse.

Accordingly, ECRC initiated the Emerald Coast Military Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) project to support the long-term resilience and sustainability of the Department of Defense’s significant military installations and surrounding communities by strategically assessing current and future risks. Stakeholders in the project include county and municipal governments, military commanders, community stakeholders, educational institutions, and state and local agencies.

APTIM was contracted to support Jacobs (prime) in conducting a vulnerability assessment for Emerald Coast MIRR, building off lessons learned from a similar project in South Florida. APTIM conducted a sector-specific vulnerability assessment for the energy infrastructure and supported adaptation planning efforts.

Services Provided

  • Data Review and Analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Exposure and Sensitivity Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Vulnerability Assessment Outbriefs
  • Risk Analysis Review

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