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ASCE publication explores engineering designs for precipitation extremes

January 21, 2020  By Ground Water Canada

Reston, VA – A new publication by the American Society of Civil Engineers contains peer-reviewed papers on engineering design for precipitation extremes.

Floods and heavy precipitation events affect many types of civil engineering infrastructure. Projecting future heavy precipitation extremes and estimating probabilities associated with these future events is particularly problematic. Engineering Methods for Precipitation under a Changing Climate is intended as a resource for engineers grappling with these issues.

Topics include engineering methods for designing for and managing precipitation extremes and floods throughout the life cycle of a building, approaches to uncertainty and how acceptable risk is determined, and interactions with climate scientists on engineering needs for climate information and projections. The publication includes a report on the discussions held during the workshop and the conclusions and recommendations drawn by participants.


This report provides information to practitioners and researchers working to ensure functional infrastructure while adapting to extreme precipitation changes.

For more information, visit the ASCE Bookstore.

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