Connecticut’s climate report: precipitation projections and a New Haven case study

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Series

Connecticut’s climate report:
precipitation projections and a New Haven case study

Friday, September 27, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Planning for adaptation requires localized information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. While national and international climate assessments generate consensus-based scientific summaries, this information often falls short of being usable for decision-making at the local level. State-level climate assessments seek to provide information that supports local decision-making. During this webinar, two presenters described their work related to precipitation projections and assessment at the local level:

Professor Guiling Wang from UConn’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering highlighted Connecticut’s precipitation projections as described in a new report, Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report. The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the state of the science regarding observed changes and projections for temperature and precipitation (i.e., physical climate).

Guiling Wang Webinar Presentation

Dawn Henning, Project Manager from New Haven’s Engineering Department then described how the city is creating a low-cost “smart city” stormwater sensor network to provide a detailed record of the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven’s urban core. New information will target gaps and inconsistencies in the understanding of the large and complex drainage area around the city. This understanding is becoming even more important in the face of climate change.

Dawn Henning Webinar Presentation




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