A multi-hazard assessment of climatological impacts on hurricanes affecting the northeast US : wind and rain

Mudd, Lauren
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Letchford, C. W.
Rosowsky, David V.
Lombardo, Franklin Thomas
O'Rourke, Michael J.
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Civil and environmental engineering
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The maximum wind speed (or rain-rate) distribution, as well as the joint distribution of maximum wind speed (or rain-rate) and storm size, under the current and future climate scenarios, are then compared. Finally, a joint wind, rain, and size hazard model is constructed that includes consideration of projected climate change impacts. The use of such a joint hazard model in performance-based engineering applications also is discussed. In addition, climatological effects on rainfall accumulation versus the occurrence of maximum wind speeds is explored and the applications of such an assessment are discussed. Ultimately, the hurricane wind and rain hazards are projected to increase under most considered climate scenarios, with the increases in the rain hazard being much more drastic. The radius of maximum winds (rain), is shown to decrease with increasing wind/rain hazards. Rainfall accumulation at the time of occurrence of maximum winds for a category 2 event are not projected to increase substantially between the current and future climate scenarios.
August 2014
School of Engineering
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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