The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 81 (2003) > Issues > Issue 1 > Climate change: the structural engineers' response
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Climate change: the structural engineers' response

Evidence from the meteorological community is examined in an attempt to assess the likely forms in which climate change will manifest itself. Particular attention is focussed on the possible extent, intensity and frequency of severe events e.g. hurricanes, heavy rain, prolonged dry spells etc. Ways in which these might be expected to influence our approach to structural design are discussed. Whilst it is not suggested that specific changes are indicated, an approach in which greater attention is paid to the likely manifestation of climate change on a case by case basis is thought to be prudent. Because of the obvious uncertainties of the subject the tone is deliberately one of raising issues. A better understanding of the quantitative effects of climate change on those environmental features that influence structural design is indicated. Prof. D. A. Nethercot, BSc, PhD, DSc, FREng, FIStructE, FICE, FCGI, Imperial College, London

Author(s): Nethercot, D A

Keywords: climate;meteorology;global warming;structural engineering;winds;snow;scour;rain