The ASCE webinar “Flood Loads and Climate Change” with William L. Coulbourne provides a comprehensive overview of climate change’s impact on flood loads and its implications for civil engineering design. Coulbourne, an expert in water resources and hydraulic engineering, discusses this critical area’s latest research and developments.

During the webinar, Coulbourne highlights the need for civil engineers to consider the changing climate when designing infrastructure to withstand flood loads. Further, the instructor emphasizes that historical data is no longer sufficient to predict future flood risks accurately, and engineers must adapt design practices to account for the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Also, Coulbourne addresses the importance of incorporating climate change projections into flood load assessments and designing resilient infrastructure that can withstand these evolving conditions. He provides practical strategies and tools engineers can use to quantify and account for future flood risks in design.

Overall, the webinar provides valuable insights into the intersection of flood loads and climate change, underscoring the importance of proactive adaptation in civil engineering practices. It serves as a call to action for engineers to integrate climate change considerations into the flood load analyses and design processes.

About William L. Coulbourne

“William L. Coulbourne has 50 years of experience as a manager, designer, and building design professional. He is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved as an investigator or project manager with many major hurricane, tornado, and flood events since 1995. He teaches 30 seminars and webinars a year on wind and flood design issues. He has taught building design courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. He has co-authored books and journal articles on high wind and flood-resistant design issues and strategies.”

“Coulbourne is a member of ASCE 7 standards committees on flood loads. He is a member of the ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction Standard Committee. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia.”


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