Greg Carbone, a RISA PI, is co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Climatology. The paper--"Assessment of NARCCAP model in simulating rainfall extremes using a spatially constrained regionalization method"--appeared online on Sept. 14.
Understanding the intensity and return period of extreme rainfall events in the historic record and projecting them into the future are essential components of managing, planning, and designing infrastructure.
Long-term infrastructure investments, such as storm water infrastructure, must consider changing precipitation patterns that may require new or modified design in order to function properly under changing climatic conditions.
The authors' findings offer insight into how heavy rainfall events might change in 12 distinct regions of the U.S. and guidance to those who develop climate change scenarios for decision makers on model performance.
To view the full paper, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4500/abstract
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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