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CORVI

Data-driven climate resilience
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Coastal cities are vital to the economic security of billions. The climate crisis poses an existential threat.

Lives, infrastructure, trade, blue economies, and the natural world are at risk.

Build Climate Resilience with CORVI.

CORVI is a decision support tool for leaders who need to make smart climate investments to improve the safety and security of coastal cities.

Currently operating in eight coastal cities around the world, CORVI organizes data and information across the land and seascape to provide decision makers with the complete risk picture they need to take action.

The world faces a climate catastrophe. Two-thirds of the global population will live in cities by 2050 and as cities expand, the climate risks these communities face are multiplying. Rising temperatures, extreme storms, and sea-level rise threaten physical infrastructure, the natural environment, and the economic security of city residents. Coastal cities also face risks that originate outside the city limits. Inland, severe droughts threaten agricultural production, causing migration to urban centers. Ocean acidification and warming temperatures degrade the ecosystems and fisheries that underpin the blue economy of many coastal cities.

These interconnected issues have profound consequences for the social and political health of coastal cities. Climate-related risks undermine the economic, food, and environmental security of cities, have the potential to increase tension and unrest, and hamper efforts to build resilience.

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A Comprehensive Profile of Climate and Ocean Risk

Decision makers need a comprehensive understanding of the financial, ecological and political risks associated with climate change. CORVI removes the silos from decision making and provides a data-driven city-specific risk profile detailing a city’s challenges across 10 risk categories, ranging from fisheries to industry to political stability.

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Data-Driven Decisions

Smart resilience investments require data, but city-level information on climate risk is often incomplete. CORVI bridges the gaps with remote sensing, data derived from global, national, and local databases, expert surveys, and detailed local expert interviews. The result is a locally informed and data-driven evaluation of coastal city climate and ocean vulnerability.

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Concrete, Prioritized Recommendations

With its emphasis on stakeholder engagement, the CORVI process develops city-specific and locally-informed recommendations for integrating climate risk management into city planning and resilience investment.

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Integrated Urban Planning

CORVI’s holistic approach helps decision makers identify interdependent ocean and climate-related risks so they can maximize resources, make proactive decisions, and avoid costly mistakes.

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Targeted Investments

Governments, international financial institutions, and the private sector can use CORVI to identify climate-vulnerable cities, prioritize action, and advocate for smart climate resilience investments.

7 Sustainable Development Goals

CORVI helps countries reach seven different UN Sustainable Development Goals, including: 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13: Climate Action, 14: Life Below Water, 15: Life on Land, and 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The CORVI Data Portal

Data from completed CORVI assessments are added to this open Data Portal, a tool for researchers and decision makers to interact with the data, compare risk, and assess regional trends.

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Who's using CORVI?
Conduct a CORVI Assessment

CORVI can be customized to meet a variety of needs, capacity, and partners. Conducting an assessment is a multi-step process involving local expertise, data collection, stakeholder engagement, and site visits. ​

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The Environmental Security Program is grateful to the supporters of the CORVI project.

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