Critical societal functions such as drinking water, sanitation, uninterrupted power supply, reliable communications, and transportation will be tested in the near future by evolving weather and hydrological extremes combined with aging, interconnected infrastructure. Adapting to these uncertain extremes must balance elemental capability, such as novel developments that build upon fragility curves and performance-based engineering, with system functionality, such as network science and engineering principles that prioritize incentive structures for robustness of interconnected systems. Here, avenues for adaptation and resilience are presented through the lens of the design, operation, and evaluation of nature-inspired solutions, which range from safe-to-fail strategies, grey-green systems, sensor-based flexible design, to room-for-the-river, urban forests, and coastal habitat restoration. This presentation by a team of three researchers, practitioners and startup co-founders will discuss how emerging, state-of-the-art, and traditional design and operational principles may be harnessed and blended where appropriate for risk-informed action and to develop guidelines for civil and environmental engineers of the 21st-century and beyond.


Auroop Ganguly, Julia Hopkins, & Vincent Lee

Series Information

This second series of virtual events will continue exploring the 2021 ASCE publication, “The Impacts of Future Weather and Climate Extremes on United States’ Infrastructure: Assessing and Prioritizing Adaptation Actions.” The publication, and the event series, explore both the vulnerability of the United States’ infrastructure to current weather and climate extremes and the fragility of these systems in the face of climate change.
The publication was released in Fall of 2021 and is now available from the ASCE Library. Series 2 offers three sessions focusing on Analysis, Design, and Social and Economic Considerations.

Series 2: Schedule-At-A-Glance