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.


Farshid Vahedifard

About the Series

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