Agreement between NOAA and the ASCE prepares our nation for climate-ready infrastructure

2022 was the third most costly year on record for weather and climate-related disasters.

Leaders from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the University of Maryland (UMD) Center for Technology and Systems Management convened to “…discuss how the nation’s engineering profession account for climate change in the design and construction of future building and infrastructure projects.”

Further, the stakeholder group released a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the summit, detailing the ways that NOAA informs building and civil engineering codes, standards, and best practice manuals developed by the ASCE.

This year underscores the urgency of the collaboration between the stakeholder group, as “…NOAA calculated that 2022 was the third most costly year on record for weather and climate-related disasters, with 18 events costing over $165 billion in total damages.” Weather-related disasters now occur more frequently, as the number of days between billion-dollar disasters is decreasing from 82 days in 1980 to 18 days last year in 2022.

“These statistics, while daunting, present an opportunity for us to take stock, and use this data to help prepare for the impacts of climate change,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA administrator. “Sustained partnerships like this one are key to this effort, and will help foster a Climate-Ready Nation where individuals, businesses, and industries have the knowledge and tools to take action to mitigate risk and support economic growth.”

© 2023 American Society of Civil Engineers.

(Source: American Society of Civil Engineers, News Releases)

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