Weather-Based Damage Modeling for Power Distribution Networks

Develop a region specific damage modeling system to predict based on short-to-medium range weather forecasts the expected number of outages in power distribution networks of the NE United States. Specifically, the system combines weather and statistical modeling with GIS data and high-performance computing (HPC) to predict infrastructure damages from weather induced (winds, ice, blizzards) tree-hazards and coastal flooding.  Use the modeling capability and HPC resources to conduct vulnerability analysis to past and future-climate extreme events, and assess improvements of the power grid resilience from hardening of critical infrastructure components and vegetation management strategies.