Our staff consults with individuals, businesses, communities and cities to confront the vulnerabilities and risks faced by a changing environment, including sea level rise. We work with our clients to design and implement customized adaptation plans based on specific challenges to remain resilient against physical, social, and economic stressors. Our team has successfully carried out comprehensive vulnerability assessments for local communities and businesses and has assisted private citizens through their personal adaptation journeys.
Brizaga offers vulnerability assessments and strategic adaptation planning guides to our clients, designed to examine the impacts of sea level rise on the transportation and infrastructure systems, tax revenues, and population of the study area. We focus on the incremental changes expected as a result of tidal flooding to identify and prioritize rehabilitation and mitigation projects, considering the physical, social, and economic benefits to the community.
Each study begins with the collection and filtration of data. Typically, this includes topography, property boundaries and values, land uses, census data, local sea level rise projections, and historic water levels. Our team combines all of this content into a Geographic Information System (GIS) to assess the specific properties, locations, and components within the community that may be at risk of experiencing flooding during the study period.
Once the vulnerabilities have been identified, we specify project areas, indexing them and prioritizing them based on many factors like flooding extents and timelines, tax revenues, demographics, and accessibility. This process requires the engagement of leaders and stakeholders within the community at the outset, to communicate critical cultural and institutional elements within the neighborhood and to share responsibility.
The last step in our study is to work with our partners to develop conceptual projects and cost estimates to address the vulnerable areas. We determine benefit/cost ratios for each project and weight them based on community input. We provide guidance for when the projects should be built to maximize their value. We give communities the tools they need to become more resilient and adapt for tomorrow.