Tag: Climate Change

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At the Crossroads of Civil Engineering and Climate Change

The Fourth National Climate Assessment sounded alarm bells about climate change’s effects, both current and future, upon its release last November by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Civil engineering, of course, is at the forefront of this discussion. After all, it is civil engineers – planning, designing, and constructing infrastructure – who have to account for these climate change effects. But how can civil engineers...

Industry Leaders Forum Explores Climate-Resilient Design Solutions

For civil engineers climate change is more than a social obligation, it's a matter of business. As Terry Neimeyer, CEO of KCI Technologies, said at the 2018 ASCE Industry Leaders Forum, "In my own company, we're being asked by our clients to design projects and facilities that are resilient and sustainable – and to account for future climate change." Neimeyer hosted the ILF panel discussion, "From Disasters to...

ASCE Signs Landmark Agreement on Sustainable Development

Knowledge of sustainable development should be a key requirement for engineers, according to a joint statement of intent signed today by ASCE, the British-based Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. The statement was issued as part of the Global Engineering Congress, hosted in London by ICE and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations in London. More than 2,000 engineers – including...

Water Resources Planning Expert Named Distinguished Member

Richard N. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, an internationally recognized expert in water resources planning, has been honored with inclusion in ASCE’s 2017 class of Distinguished Members for his conceptual and practical contributions to applying structured decision analysis and participatory methods in managing conflict in water resources, including shared vision planning, and for methods addressing potential impacts of climate change in natural resource management. Palmer’s...

University of Maryland Professor Named Distinguished Member

Bilal M. Ayyub, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Dist.M.ASCE, has been honored by ASCE as a Class of 2017 Distinguished Member for his leading contributions in uncertainty and risk analysis for infrastructure resilience and sustainability in a changing climate with life-cycle economics. Ayyub is one of the world’s leading researchers in risk methods for the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources. His inputs have led to...

Civil Engineers Have A Key Role to Play in Adaptation to Climate Change

What was once considered an issue of the far distant future, climate change, has been clearly stated by the Third National Climate Assessment as now meeting us in the present. People from corn producers in Iowa, to coastal planners in Florida, to city dwellers in New York City, to Native Peoples on tribal lands are experiencing extreme changes to the climate around them. Summers are longer...