In this episode, I talk to Daniel L. Swain, Ph.D., a climate scientist focused on the dynamics and impacts of extreme events like a megaflood, about climate change, the intersection between extreme weather and climate in applied societal contexts, and how it can affect civil engineers going forward.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Daniel:
- You co-authored an article called “Climate change is increasing the risk of a California megaflood” that contains some in-depth research about the risk of a megaflood in California. Can you briefly explain what the article was about, why engineers should be aware of this, and how it might affect civil engineers going forward?
- How do you use a “weather-centric” approach to studying climate change?
- Can you explain what you mean by saying many kinds of extreme weather events are increasing in a warming climate and having major impacts on society — but the details are important and blanket statements are inadvisable?
- What are some of the implications for infrastructure design and reconstruction that civil engineers need to be aware of?
- What can engineering firms and leaders do to prevent critical events and catastrophic failures from happening?
- What does a practicing scientist-communicator do, why is this role important, and why does it exist so rarely in academic and scientific contexts?