A Framework for Incorporating Downscaled Climate Output into Existing Engineering Methods for Resilient Design

Lauren Cook

Carnegie Mellon University

Lauren Cook is in her final year of doctoral studies in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her bachelor's from the University of Maryland, also in Civil engineering, and her Master's in "Energy and Economics" from the French Institute of Petroleum. The goal of her research is to determine the most appropriate sources of downscaled climate data to use in stormwater and wastewater applications, as well as the most effective methods for converting precipitation output from climate models to useful information for engineering design and modeling efforts. She plans to pursue a career in academia after graduation. 


Engineers generally use historical precipitation trends to inform assumptions and parameters for long-lived infrastructure designs. However, resilient design calls for the adjustment of current engineering practice to... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Lauren Cook (Carnegie Mellon University)
  2. Constantine Samaras (Carnegie Mellon University)
  3. Christopher Anderson (Iowa State University)

Topic Areas

• Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Resilience and planning , • Decision support methods and tools


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