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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 Spring 2015 Webinars

ICNet's Webinar Series continues this spring with presentations on Infrastructure and Climate Change.
Bridge design, dynamic downscaling for civil engineers, climate change and resiliency are topics covered in the spring series.

Tuesday March 31, 2:30-3:30 ET
Dynamical Downscaling: How can global climate models help inform local adaptation?

The coarse resolution of global climate models (grid points typically separated by 100 km or more) means that they do not realistically include local and regional climate influences such as terrain and coastlines, or small-scale phenomena such as severe storms. These features are nevertheless critical to many climate-relevant problems. This webinar provides an overview of dynamical downscaling as a method to extract fine-scale information from global climate projections. Dynamical downscaling uses physically-based numerical models to achieve a finer spatial resolution. The webinar will survey the physical and mathematical basis for dynamical downscaling along with the advantages and disadvantages of dynamical downscaling relative to other methods for deriving fine-scale information from coarser-scale climate projections.

Dr. Arritt's research focuses on analysis and prediction of precipitation systems, especially summertime precipitation over the central United States. This research involves development and use of numerical models as well as analysis of observations. He also is coordinator of the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, a "network of networks" that serves as a centralized data collection, storage, and dissemination hub for current and historical observations of weather and climate for Iowa. Dr. Arritt was a Contributing Author and an Expert Reviewer for the third and fourth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He coordinates the Regional Climate Modeling Laboratory with Drs. William Gutowski and Eugene Takle, with whom he also is a co-Principal Investigator in the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP).

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March 31, 2:30- 3:30 ET, dynamic downscaling for civil engineers.

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