Efforts to Build Infrastructure Resiliency to Future Hydroclimate Extremes

Anna Wilson, Rob Cifelli, Francisco Munoz-Arriola, Jason Giovannettone, Julie Vano, Tye Parzybok, Alexis Dufour, Jay Jasperse, Kelly Mahoney, Bill Mccormick

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Extreme hydroclimate events are increasing in frequency and intensity with climate change. This, alongside aging infrastructure, increasing population, and land use changes, makes quantifying and reacting to future changes incredibly difficult. This paper highlights two successful interdisciplinary efforts led by the water management community to manage critical infrastructure for climate resilience when current operational paradigms no longer apply. We highlight these efforts to illustrate (1) best practices and lessons learned when prioritizing and designing projects that enhance infrastructure resilience, and (2) key characteristics that make projects focused on increasing infrastructure resilience to changing hydrometeorological extremes successful. These case studies illustrate the importance of relationships built between researchers, decision makers, and stakeholders, and our recommendations stress the value of collaboration throughout, from project design to project assessment. We also identify the need to integrate prognostic weather and climate products when infrastructure functionality is characterized and to uncover ways to enhance resilience when current operations are not adequate to cope with future hydroclimate extremes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-233
Number of pages12
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue numberGSP 329
StatePublished - 2021
EventGeo-Extreme 2021: Climatic Extremes and Earthquake Modeling - Savannah, Georgia
Duration: Nov 7 2021Nov 10 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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