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CEE Seminar: Engineering Design and Resilience in a Changing Climate

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Lauren M. Cook, Ph.D. Candidate
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CEE Spring 2018 Seminar Series

To improve the resilience of long-lived infrastructure, current engineering practices must be advanced to incorporate a range of future climate conditions that are likely to be different from the past. Despite the availability of future projections from climate models, there remains a considerable incompatibility between these outputs and the inputs needed in the engineering community to incorporate climate resiliency. This research provides a systematic framework for incorporating climate trends into engineering design and applications, including selecting the appropriate climate model source based on the intended application, understanding model performance and uncertainties, addressing differences in temporal and spatial scales, and interpreting results for engineering design.