American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Activities group presents the Future Weather & Climate Extreme Series — the second series of events explore the 2021 ASCE publication, The Impacts of Future Weather and Climate Extremes on United States’ Infrastructure: Assessing and Prioritizing Adaptation Actions.

The important publication and the complementary series address the vulnerability of United States’ infrastructure to current weather and climate extremes, and the fragility of systems in the face of climate change. Series 2 offers three sessions focusing on analysis, design, and social and economic considerations.

Future Weather & Climate Extreme Series 2 begins on January 6, 2022 with Effects of Climate Adjusted Extremes on Infrastructure Performance and Integrity (“Analysis”), lead by instructor Farshid Vahedifard, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, CEE Advisory Board Endowed Professor, Graduate Coordinator, and Professor at Mississippi State University.

Summary: The webinar will focus on quantifying the effects of climate adjusted extremes on the integrity of infrastructure systems. Fundamental yet use-inspired climate science is necessary to connect the physical science basis (e.g., stresses and extremes) with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The ability to generate actionable insights despite knowledge gaps and system variability without minimizing the corresponding uncertainties relevant for stakeholder challenges will be considered. A multi-disciplinary research platform to quantitatively assess the impacts of current and future climate on the resilience of infrastructures will be discussed. The proposed platform integrates climate science, hydrology, remote sensing, risk analysis, statistics, machine learning, and geotechnical-structural engineering. Examples will illustrate quantification of the effects of non-stationary climatic patterns on the performance of various critical infrastructure networks, including earthen levees, mass transit systems, and airport networks.


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