Welcome to ICNet

The Infrastructure & Climate Network (ICNet) is a network of over 50 academics, students, and practitioners who are dedicated to accelerating climate science and engineering research in the Northeastern United States. ICNet focuses on climate change and sea level rise impacts and adaptation for sustainable bridges, roads, and transportation networks.  ICNet was established in October 2012 with support from the National Science Foundation.

ICNet Fall Webinars

ICNet's Webinar Series continues this Fall with presentations on Infrastructure and Climate Change.
Climate Change Adaptation and Scenarios, and Global Climate Model Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling are covered in this series of webinars.

Wednesday November 12, 2-3 pm ET and Wednesday December 10, 2-3 pm ET
Most infrastructure engineering projects require climate information at higher spatial resolution than is available from global climate models. Downscaling is a tool that can provide the resolution needed for impacts assessments by developing higher spatial resolution information from relative coarse model output. There are several types of downscaling methods available ranging in level of complexity. They are typically divided into two categories: statistical downscaling, which uses statistical relationships between observations of local climate and global climate models; and dynamical downscaling applying regional climate models using global climate model output as drivers.

The second and third webinars will provide potential users of climate model output a clear understanding of the methods, their differences, strengths and weaknesses, appropriate choices, limitations and uncertainty. Examples applied to different regions throughout the US will be used to demonstrate how downscaling methods are used and what types of model output is produced.

Wednesday November 12, 2-3 pm ET
Dynamical Downscaling of Global Climate Model Output
Linda Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric Science

Wednesday December 10, 2-3 pm ET
Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Model Output
Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

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