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EVS scientists work with AT&T on climate resiliency project

April 11, 2019

Climate modeling by EVS scientists has informed a variety of resiliency projects across the United States, especially in regions where infrastructure is vulnerable to heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise, hurricanes, and flooding. Recently, EVS has worked with AT&T to develop a high-resolution climate projection dataset that was used to build a risk and resiliency tool by AT&T. This will help AT&T better anticipate the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on its network infrastructure and business operations well into the future.

Dr. Rao Kotamarthi, Chief Scientist within EVS's Atmospheric Science and Climate Research department, explains, “... we are using high-resolution models and vast statistical techniques to project climate change at regional, local, and even neighborhood scales. AT&T applied this detailed information to AT&T's infrastructure planning so it can safeguard networks and help ensure resiliency as the climate changes around it.”

AT&T will first apply its Climate Change Analysis Tool in the southeastern United States, which has been hard-hit by severe weather in recent years, and will likely expand the application to other regions in the future. Together, EVS and AT&T will make EVS' high-resolution forecasting insights available to universities and municipalities to use in their own climate-risk analyses. This has the potential to benefit entire communities.

EVS staff involved in this project include Rao Kotamarthi, Jiali Wang, Eugene Yan, Keith Roberts, Alissa Jared, and Mark Picel.

Read the full Argonne press release.

The high-resolution forecasting insights provided to AT&T by climate and infrastructure scientists from Argonne helped AT&T data scientists to develop a tool that can help anticipate the potential impacts of climate change on AT&T's network infrastructure and business operations 30 years into the future.
The high-resolution forecasting insights provided to AT&T by climate and infrastructure scientists from Argonne helped AT&T data scientists to develop a tool that can help anticipate the potential impacts of climate change on AT&T's network infrastructure and business operations 30 years into the future. [Source: Shutterstock / Cire Notrevo.]
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