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CCE WEBINAR (1/20/22): Climate Change, Infrastructure Design, and Rainfall Statistics
There is overwhelming evidence that rainfall extremes are growing more severe due to human-induced climate warming. This understanding, however, has not translated into actionable information needed by hydrologists and engineers. In this presentation, we will see that existing rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) statistics such as the “100-year storm”—for example, from NOAA’s Atlas 14 project—are often inadequate for current and future needs. This translates to serious deficiencies in our hydrologic design standards and infrastructure. We will discuss two solutions to address this challenge for both current and future conditions. From there, we’ll see what other states are doing to rise to that challenge, and close with some thoughts on the hurdles that scientists, practicing engineers, and decision makers must break down together to secure our communities against future rainfall.

Jan 20, 2022 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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