DENVER — CH2M HILL has announced a financial stake in New Zealand-based CLIMsystems Ltd. CLIMsystems designs, develops, and markets an advanced, user-friendly software modeling system called SimCLIM for assessing impacts and adaptation to climate variability and change.

Under this new alliance, CH2M HILL will work with CLIMsystems to apply SimCLIM for the purpose of helping its clients develop options and plans for reducing climatic risks to their operations and infrastructure. CLIMsystems’ scientists and Scientific Advisory Panel (which oversees development of their climate tools), in combination with CH2M HILL’s work in applied climate risk management, science, and engineering, creates an unparalleled team to lead the development of defensible assessment of and response to climate risk.

“Combining CH2M HILL’s climate, planning, and engineering expertise with CLIMsystems’ scientifically robust approaches for addressing climate effects makes this a unique alliance in the engineering world,” said Kathy Freas, CH2M HILL’s global director of water resources and ecosystem management. “Climate research has resulted in large amounts of highly specialized technical information. Translating that information to practical understanding of risks and impacts that can contribute to sound decisions at the local level can be a challenge.”

“This is the challenge that CLIMsystems accepted in developing its SimCLIM modeling system,” explained Richard Warrick, CLIMsystems chairman and founding director. “We perceived a large gap between global climate science and local decision-making. We designed SimCLIM as a tool to help fill that gap.”

Freas concluded, “Using CH2M HILL’s on-the-ground experience in addressing climate risks, together with the defensible and practical science-based approaches embodied in CLIMsystems experts and tools, our new alliance is uniquely positioned to help clients develop climate-resilient futures.”

CH2M HILL experts will be available during the Congress of Cities in Denver, Dec. 1–3, to discuss this enhanced partnership and its capabilities. For more information, visit