Carnegie Mellon University

The Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation (CERCA)

CERCA is an interdisciplinary research center committed to developing a suite of novel methods, tools, and analyses needed to incorporate climate change impacts into engineering infrastructure designs and decision-making.

Headquartered in Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, we draw on world-class faculty from around the University to advance the state of knowledge in engineering and resilience for climate adaptation through cutting edge research. Our work will enhance resiliency to increased threats, maximize benefits, and inform local, regional and national infrastructure decisions for climate change adaptation.

CERCA aims to:

  • Create tools that will maximize infrastructure performance under climate change by developing adaptive capacity and assessing tradeoffs
  • Maximize net benefits of projects by minimizing life cycle costs, capturing benefits, and develop multi-use/multi-task infrastructure under uncertainty
  • Train the next generation of engineering human capital for climate adaptation

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