Past Research

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project

Research dates: 2016-2017
Investigator(s): Alan Black, Barry Keim

SCIPP has partnered with two Department of Energy (DOE) groups - the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to develop a climate change resilience plan for the SPR. Mission-critical objectives of SPR were identified and the impact of current climate on SPR’s ability to meet those objectives was assessed. SCIPP then used future climate projections from Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 5 (CMIP5) to evaluate how those mission relevant climate variables are expected to change in the future. Several brainstorming sessions resulted in a list of options to reduce the impacts of changing climate on SPR operations. These were evaluated in terms of feasibility, cost, and potential to reduce vulnerability or increase resilience to changing climate and are currently being incorporated into SPR modernization planning.