Issue

There is scientific evidence that the Earth’s climate, both global and regional, is changing and will continue to change. Climate scientists project that there will be substantial increases in temperature with related increases in atmospheric water vapor and in extreme precipitation amounts and intensities in most geographic regions as a result of climate change. However, while there is clear evidence of a changing climate, understanding the significance of climate change at the temporal and spatial scales as it relates to engineering practice is more difficult.

There is a growing need for engineers to incorporate future climate change into project design criteria. Unfortunately, current practices and rules governing such approaches do not adequately address concerns associated with climate change. Current engineering design standards, codes, regulations, and associated laws that govern infrastructure are generally not structured to allow design adaptation to address climate change.

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© 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers.

(Source: American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE Policy statement 360 – Impact of climate change)

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