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EPA's GCX Multisector Evaluation Tool for identifying Resilience Opportunities (METRO) was developed to assist urban communities to measure their resilience to climate change. This site contains an interactive online worksheet that can be used as a supplement to the EPA report "Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach" (EPA/600/R-16/365F).

The tool incorporates both indicator data and input from local sector managers to assess urban resilience for eight municipal management sectors:

  1. water,
  2. energy,
  3. transportation,
  4. people (public health and emergency response),
  5. economy,
  6. land use/land cover,
  7. the natural environment, and
  8. telecommunications.

The tool is intended to provide local-level managers with a way to prioritize threats to resilience using locally available data across multiple sectors to inform adaptation planning.

A detailed description of the methods and results of this study is available in the EPA Report. Users should also refer to this report for a description of modeling assumptions and limitations.

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History of METRO

Below is a list of important milestones to the Global Change Explorer (GCX) METRO Tool.

Date Milestone
Apr 2018 METRO was incorporated into the Global Climate Explorer set of tools and website.
Nov 2018 EPA released the METRO interactive tool.
Mar 2017 EPA released the final report, Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach.
May 2012 EPA stood up a 30 member technical steering committee to guide development of resilience indicators.

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EPA Report

For more information on datasets produced as part of this project, please visit the METRO Interactive Tool.