Strategies for Reducing the Impacts of Surface Transportation on Global Climate Change

From the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, the objective of this research was to analyze the relationship of surface transportation to emissions of greenhouse gases and climate change, and review the implications of government mitigation strategies for transportation-system management. While this report focuses on mitigation efforts in the transportation sector, a chapter is included which identifies the need for adaptation measures.

Chapter 5, "Adapting Surface Transportation Systems to Climate Change," includes an overview of potential impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure and general strategies for assessing infrastructure vulnerability.

The topics addressed in the adaptation chapter include:

  • Climate changes are occurring, will intensify, and pose significant risks to transportation systems.
  • Transportation agencies need to consider adjustments to planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation systems and facilities.
  • The costs of climate adaptation for transportation are unknown at this time, but will be significant and will need to be factored into future transportation budgets, plans, and programs. 




Publication Date: February 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Cynthia J. Burbank
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff

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