Beyond Agriculture - Exploring the application of the Thornthwaite Moisture Index to infrastructure and possibilities for climate change adaptation by Michelle Philp and Michael Taylor, Barbara Hardy Institute

In 1948 the Thornthwaite Moisture Index was introduced as a new global climate classification system.  Since its advent, the use of the index has moved beyond climate classification for agricultural systems.  This paper reviews the application of the Thornthwaite Moisture Index in the design and maintenance of infrastructure.  Furthermore, this paper investigates the possible application of the Thornthwaite Moisture Index in climate change adaptation for infrastructure.  An adapted road degradation model for Australia is presented illustrating the effects on pavement degradation under changing climate conditions using the Thornthwaite Moisture Index.  

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