Adapting to Climate Change

Integrating Climate and Watershed Modeling to Improve Bridge Design: Iowa DOT Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Project

Authors
  • Dave Claman (Iowa DOT)
  • Christopher J. Anderson (Iowa State University)
  • Eugene S. Takle (Iowa State University)
  • Witold F. Krajewski (University of Iowa)
  • Ricardo Mantilla (University of Iowa)

Abstract

This presentation will discuss the first in the nation application of utilizing climate science modeling to determine future rainfall events so that future flooding from hydrologic modeling of the basins in Iowa can be predicted. The “future” hydrologic modeling will be analyzed to determine frequency/discharge relationships for sizing bridges and culverts based on “future” flooding. This is a paradigm shift in the way bridges and culverts are currently sized which is based on past flooding. Based on this analysis, policy/design criteria for bridges and roads may change to account for future extreme weather events.

This research is an FHWA pilot program to assess and adapt the vulnerability of highway infrastructure due to climate change impacts on extreme weather events.

How to Cite:

Claman, D. & Anderson, C. J. & Takle, E. S. & Krajewski, W. F. & Mantilla, R., (2014) “Integrating Climate and Watershed Modeling to Improve Bridge Design: Iowa DOT Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Project”, National Hydraulic Engineering Conference 2014 1(2014).

Rights: Copyright © 2014, Dave Claman

Publisher Notes

  • Panel moderated by Matt O'Connor, ILDOT.
  • About the Presenters: Dave Claman, P.E., M. ASCE is a 1983 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently the Transportation Manager for the Preliminary Bridge Section at the Iowa Department of Transportation and has 30 years of experience in the hydrology and hydraulics engineering field. Dave’s primary responsibility is to insure the State’s highway structures are appropriately sized and designed in accordance with Iowa DOT guidelines and policies. He is also the DOT’s expert regarding drainage disputes, bridge scour, stream geomorphology, 2-D hydraulic analysis and FEMA/floodplain management issues. Prior to working for the Iowa DOT, Dave worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources where he was responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State’s floodplain management program.

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Published on
22 Aug 2014
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