Catastrophic failures of the built and natural environment due to weather and climate extremes have become all too familiar. Graceful failure embodies consideration of resilience to extreme weather and climate events by incorporating emergency response at both the research and planning/design stages.
Addressing resilience from this perspective requires strong links between engineers, planners, managers, and scientists. Representatives from these groups came together for two NCAR workshops that led to the establishment of the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP, www.ecep.ucar.edu) to address the impacts of—and response to—such extremes and the related issues.
Current partners include a range of organizations from industry and business, local and federal government, and academia.
II. Stage of Research and Development
The current major ECEP focus is on the Global Resilience Improvement Program, which is aimed at supporting community planning and design through a combination of strategic research and development of new tools in statistical/dynamical prediction, impacts indices, and risk management approaches targeted at specific needs. All development is undertaken through close collaboration between all parties, and all tools will be supported at NCAR as a public facility.
Current research and development applications include:
III. Funding Status
Seeking additional funding for:
Total development costs: $888K
Project Period: 2 years
All funders of over $200K will be invited to join the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership and thus contribute to and influence the priorities and overall development of the entire program.