Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) -Version 3.0


General Information:

Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Year of publication: 2016

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Climate change adaptation assessment

Format of assessment: Software

Details: Web-based application

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Private individuals and firms

Institutional scale of use: Multiple (see details)

Details: Depending on the utilities, scope could be water catchment area or rather local sewage systems/water supply systems

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Private sector representatives/SME owners

Details: Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators

Output: Report

Details: The final report generated by CREAT in the Risk Assessment module is the Plan Report, which includes the risk assessment results for a specific adaptation plan selected by the user. The Plan Report is a summary of the risk reduction possible that can be compared with the cost of implementing the adaptation plan. This report can be used as decision support to inform adaptation planning or to determine if there is a need for further assessment


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: State-run

Applied in practice: No information

Geographic coverage in analysis: North America

Potential geographic coverage: USA

Sectors covered: Water sector

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Users define scenario and threats which constitute a combination of hazard and utilities exposure/vulnerability

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Details: Model outputs based on RCP 8.5

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Change in temperature and precipitation patterns, Storm, Sea level rise

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Information on utilities assets and population served, total flow and financial condition threshold values for threats that lead to utility's damage or failure

Temporal scale: All

Participatory elements: No

Details: User can go through web application by his own if he possess the necessary information on the utility

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Details: Users defines asset/threat pairs which can be analysed for different scenarios

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options, priorization of adaptation options

Details: Costs are calculated in comparison with current situation with or without implementation of adaptation measures

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Yes

Details: Covers EWE such as storms as well as SOE such as sea level rise


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Details: Users begin their adaptation planning by identifying existing adaptive measures either from the CREAT Adaptation Library or by defining custom adaptive measures

Usefulness for political purposes: Shall help water utility owners to plan adaptation to climate change; no political purpose if utility owners are from private sector

Applied by whom: EPA

Open access: Yes