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NEWS / Video: Engineering around extreme events
Category: Defence & Security, Energy, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation


Image: "KatrinaNewOrleansFlooded edit2" by AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi - Licensed under Public Domain.

Extreme events, such as super floods and hurricanes, are becoming more common, so civil engineers are trying to adapt civil infrastructure such as bridges to these unpredictable and sometimes devastating meteorological events.

Ana Barros, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, discusses how engineering can prepare us for extreme weather events, but also how changing climate and population conditions can affect the ability of infrastructure to hold up over time. She suggests that more investment needs to be in place for ensuring infrastructure is maintained, as well as adapting to and mitigating our role in climate change.

Watch the video here:

Engineering Around Extreme Events from American Scientist on Vimeo.