GRRIT: Climate-i Construction

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Climate-i Construction

Under the guidance of an advisory panel comprising representatives from the construction industry, a team of NCAR and NOAA scientists developed a prototype decision-support tool for construction projects to better manage weather risk from contract to project completion. Known as Climate-i Construction, this tool allows users to forecast the number of exceedence days for user-specified rain and temperature thresholds specific to a construction project. Advanced warnings support decisions to build weather contingencies into contract terms, schedule projects to prioritize long-lead tasks to better periods of weather, and ensure sufficient mitigation is available.

The prototype Climate-i Construction web interface is based on 124 seasonal climate forecasts from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (specifically, the NCEP coupled forecast system model v2) issued during May 2016 for the period Oct-Nov-Dec 2016. The web interface allows users to specify their location/s, time period of interest, and sensitive climate variable and threshold, and returns a tailored forecast. Following recommendations from the advisory panel, the degree of confidence in the forecast is also provided, based on the ensemble characteristics, and communicated through a simple traffic-light colored categorical display.

Construction can be affected by extreme weather

With additional support, the fully functioning Climate-i will have expanded capability to provide project-critical information for upcoming seasons at user-specified locations and time periods using multiple sources of seasonal forecast information. Climate-i will also have the capability to upload site-specific data to adjust the seasonal forecast for local effects.