Carnegie Mellon University

Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure

Climate change impacts affect the operation and performance of a wide range of infrastructure, and lead to demand for new or modified designs, adaptation in management strategies, and new technologies. Effects on transportation, energy, building, and water systems, materials, and other infrastructure components are already occurring. Climate change adaptation is critical for civil and environmental engineering and communities in the 21st century. Civil and environmental engineers need to be leaders in preparing for and responding to climate change.

As a student in the Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure masters concentration, you will learn new skills and tools to meet the challenges of infrastructure in a changing climate, including:

  • Climate change projections for engineering design
  • Data-driven energy and infrastructure management
  • Adaptable engineered and natural systems
  • Maximizing benefits while minimizing costs and risks
  • Human-infrastructure interaction under climate change

Investigating these interdisciplinary topics will enable engineers to develop new solutions for resiliency efforts that maximize the performance and life-cycle cost-effectiveness of climate-ready infrastructure investments.

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Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for this concentration, but the MS program is flexible and students should work with their academic advisors to tailor coursework towards their own individual interests and career goals.

  • 12-735: Urban Systems Modeling
  • 12-749: Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure
  • 12-750: Infrastructure Management
  • 12-765: International Climate Adaptation & Infrastructure Innovation
  • 12-766: Climate Change Science and Adaptation

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Additional Courses

The following crosscutting courses relate to this concentration and may be of interest for additional course work, depending on individual student goals.

  • 12-704: Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems
  • 12-706: Civil Systems Investment Planning
  • 12-712: Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
  • 12-740: Data Acquisition
  • 12-741: Data Management
  • 12-742: Data Mining in Infrastructure
  • 12-747: Sustainable Buildings
  • 12-752: Data-Driven Building Energy Management
  • 12-780: Advanced Python and Web Prototyping for Infrastructure Systems
  • 19-626: Climate Science and Policy
  • 94-802: Geographical Information Systems
  • 94-845: Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems

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