Historical climate data for the Midwestern U.S. show substantial regional variability in the occurrence of extreme rainfall events. Climate projections for the region based on both statistically downscaled General Circulation Models and Regional Climate Models show significant inter-model variability in the magnitude and frequency of extreme rainfall events. As a result, these climate projections cannot be used alone to adaptively manage water resources in a changing climate. We believe that storm transposition provides an effective way to evaluate the vulnerability from extreme rainfall and flooding.
Tools and Products
US Climate Resilence ToolKit
A tool that allows communities to assess their vulnerability to extreme rainfall and identifies vulnerabilities and helps communities see options for how they can build resilience.
- Hayden, N.G., Potter, K.W., and Liebl D.S. 2016. Evaluating Infiltration Requirements for New Development Using Extreme Storm Transposition: A Case Study from Dane County, WI. Journal of the American Water Resources Association
- Annual meeting AWRA, 2016.
- Liebl, D., City of Madison Common Council, Organizing a city-wide climate adaptation plan that would result in Madison becoming a Climate Ready Community. February 2015. Video link
- Annual meeting of WAFSCM, 2014.
- Northeast Climate Science Center, November 2014, "Transposing Extreme Rainfall to Assess Climate Vulnerability", K. Potter, D. Liebl.
- UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Annual Conference, "Storm Transposition: A New Use for An Old Method". 2014.
- Annual meeting of WAFSCM, 2013.
- Annual meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Flood, Stormwater, and Coastal Management (WAFSCM), 2012.
- New Project Flyer: TranStrom Tool
- Webinar: 2014,“Climate Information for Managing Risks In Water Resources.” Sponsored by NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and American Water Works Association (AWWA)
- Maps of groundwater infiltration for Columbia County and City of Madison
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Using Demonstration Storms to Prepare for Extreme Rainfall
- Software product: Transtorm allows users to transpose a storm to a watershed of interest. The model also computes time series of rainfall amounts for subwatersheds for use in watershed modeling. The software is currently being shared with users to get their feedback.
- Fellow Highlight - Assessing Vulnerability Through Storm Transposition. NE CSC News. July 20, 2015.
- Storm model brings climate preparations to local decision-makers. Scott Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Madison. April 15, 2015.
- Storm Transportation and Climate Change. April 10, 2014.