Climate Change, Infrastructure Design, and Rainfall Statistics
Presenter: Daniel B. Wright, PhD; Assistant Professor; Hydroclimate Extremes Research Group – Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
When? Thursday, January 20, 2022; 10:30am-12:00pm ET
Cost? Free for members
Location? Webinar (via Zoom)
Description: There is overwhelming evidence that rainfall extremes are growing more severe due to human-induced climate warming. This understanding, however, has not translated into actionable information needed by hydrologists and engineers. In this presentation, we will see that existing rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) statistics such as the “100-year storm”—for example, from NOAA’s Atlas 14 project—are often inadequate for current and future needs. This translates to serious deficiencies in our hydrologic design standards and infrastructure. We will discuss two solutions to address this challenge for both current and future conditions. From there, we’ll see what other states are doing to rise to that challenge, and close with some thoughts on the hurdles that scientists, practicing engineers, and decision makers must break down together to secure our communities against future rainfall.
Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.