Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Projected Scenarios
This website describes the scenarios used for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), a tool to help water and wastewater utilities prepare for climate change. The tool includes a map that shows projected climate change across the U.S. The map is separated into grids (roughly 32 x 32 miles). Each grid displays projections for annual total precipitation, annual average temperature, and precipitation intensity for the 100-year storm. CREAT is part of the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative.
Annual precipitation and annual temperature projections are shown for two time periods (2035 and 2060) using three potential climate scenarios, characterized by:
- Hotter and drier conditions
- Central conditions
- Warmer and wetter conditions
The tool also shows 100-year storm intensity projections for 2035 and 2060 and potential sea-level rise by 2060 for coastal locations.
Additionally, the map depicts climate stations and the projected annual numbers of days over 100°F within all three scenarios.
If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. You may find this has limited use. https://web.archive.org/web/20170129174322/https://www.epa.gov/crwu/build-resilience-your-utility
- Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Version 3.0 Methodology Guide
- Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0
- Mapping tool