The Impact of Climate Change: Projected Adaptation Costs for Boulder County, Colorado
Climate change trends are and will have a fiscal and human impact on Boulder County over the next several decades. The current study quantifies the potential impact on Boulder County over infrastructure, human, and natural sectors to provide a broad understanding of the potential impact of climate change. The study incorporates multiple climate scenarios projections through 2050 to provide a range of possible outcomes and fiscal impacts. The cost projections reflect a comparison of the environment in which the infrastructure or natural environments have historically existed or in which they were designed to operate with the projected future environment. The generation of these cost estimates reflects engineering and design-based guidelines that focus on the physical impacts of climate factors on the infrastructure and natural assets.