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AT&T and Argonne expand climate risk study

October 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and AT&T announced that they will extend their analyses of climate-related infrastructure risks — which have focused on the Southeastern region — to cover the entire contiguous U.S.

Using high-resolution models and statistical methods, Argonne researchers have been working with AT&T to project the impacts of climate at various scales, helping AT&T to evaluate how changes in climate will impact company infrastructure and operations over the next 30 years.

Rao Kotamarthi, chief scientist in the EVS Atmospheric Science and Climate research group, says “Adaptation will be one of the biggest challenges our communities will face. What we're figuring out through this project is how climate change modeling can help us develop projections that will help develop adaptation strategies and be more resilient.”

As it did with the initial Southeastern work, AT&T will make Argonne's data from this expansion available to the general public, which could inspire new scientific applications that could benefit communities across the country.