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Title: Incorporating Potential Climate Change Impacts in Bridge and Culvert Design
Contact: Bridget M. Donaldson
Project No.: 114224
Target Date: 11/30/2019
Abstract: Climate change is resulting in long term trends in precipitation and streamflow. As a result, designing bridge and culvert infrastructure based only on historical rainfall and streamflow records may not be appropriate for the design life of the infrastructure. The goals of this research are to (1) evaluate and extend an existing study looking at long term trends in historical rainfall records in Virginia, (2) use hydrologic modeling to translate increases in precipitation to potential increases in stream discharge, and (3) offer recommendations for incorporating climate change impacts into the design of culverts and bridges.

     Jonathan Goodall
     Lewis N. Lloyd
     Bridget M. Donaldson