EESI-CCAP Report: Preparing Transportation Infrastructure for Increased Climate Risk

This report from the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), presents the findings of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded workshop to identify the critical information and technical assistance needs of state and local transportation agencies on climate change adaptation. Discussions between transportation and climate experts from all levels of government, academia, and non-profits are presented, and overall, they recognized that there needs to be a better understanding of climate science, as well as adaptation, in the transportation sector.

The meeting addressed a number of topics related to adaptation, including: Visualizing and Communicating Adaptation, Economic Benefits of Adaptation, a Review of Current Climate Science and Information Resources, Decision Making Frameworks, Climate Modeling and Uncertainty, and Examples of Transportation Climate Adaptation Efforts.

Key findings and recommendations from the workshop include:

- making available more and better information on local, non-climate factors;

- developing and improving climate and weather information products (i.e. updating flood maps);

- communicating weather information in a clear and intelligible language for non-scientists;

- educating transportation officials to “ask the climate question” across all areas of transportation practice;

- sharing information (i.e. best management practices) between transportation professionals, government, NGO’s, and affinity groups; and

- integrating adaptation measures into existing management systems with support from the public.

 

Georgetown Climate Center and Harrison Institute Fellow Jessica Grannis contributed to this report.

 

 

Publication Date: May 2012

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Steve Winkelman
  • Jan Mueller
  • Erica Jue

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  • Best practice
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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