Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response. It concludes that climate change will require state DOTs to deploy better predictive technologies in the field. States must also develop better emergency response protocols as weather-related emergencies become more intense and frequent due to climate change. The report suggests that state DOTs collaborate with federal and other state entities to establish a clear role for transportation agencies.

Publication Date: December 29, 2006

Author or Affiliated User:

  • Steve Lockwood

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  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations


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