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New ASCE publication provides framework to project future weather and climate extremes

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World Pipelines,

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) latest publication, Impacts of Future Weather and Climate Extremes on United States Infrastructure: Assessing and Prioritising Adaptation Actions, summarises the likely changes in various extreme meteorological and hydrological events and assesses the vulnerabilities of infrastructure within critical sectors and their collective interdependencies.

Prepared by Task Committee on Future Weather and Climate Extremes, the report identifies five critical infrastructure sectors: energy; transportation; drinking water and wastewater; water storage and flood protection; and navigation. Each sector is reviewed with respect to the potential impacts of climate change pertinent to that sector, current sector fragility or resilience to such impacts, adaptation readiness, and dependency on or contribution to other sectors. A proposed step-by-step prioritisation process is included along with examples of case-specific prioritisation frameworks used by other organisations.

Policy makers and engineers involved in infrastructure planning and design, from the federal level to local stakeholders, will find this book a helpful guide in accommodating projected future weather and climate extremes for their locale.

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