Projecting Climate Change Impacts to Extreme Temperature and Precipitation for Denver Water’s Infrastructure

Lynker worked with Denver Water, the University of Colorado and NCAR/UCAR staff to review a range of standard methods for characterizing future extreme precipitation and temperature events under climate change. The methods reviewed include downscaling projects like LOCA, MACA, BCSD and the CORDEX archive as well as point downscaling statistical approaches. This work involved both an extensive literature review covering the foundations of the methods as well as independent assessments of results from each method.  Once the literature review was complete, Lynker performed detailed statistical analyses to help Denver Water understand increases in frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall and heat events at a large set of locations.