• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 97th Annual Meeting

      January 7–11, 2018

    • Interactive Program

2018

Annual Meeting Event Detail




Event 903

Adapting Transportation to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

Sunday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM
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Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University, presiding
Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on International Cooperation (A0010)
Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy (A0020T)
Standing Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection (ABR10)
Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40)

The increasing frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme weather events are creating the need for more thorough assessments of the vulnerability of these systems and more research on the climate-proofing of transport infrastructure and services. At a symposium jointly organized by TRB, U.S. DOT, and the European Commission in June 2016, the subjects were discussed in the context of three climatic phenomena: storm surges, excess precipitation, and droughts. The attendees examined what can be done to make transportation systems resilient.



Adapting Transportation to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events:

a Trans-Atlantic Perspective

 

The increasing frequency, intensity and duration of extreme weather events are putting transportation systems under greater stress.   This is creating the need for more thorough assessments of the vulnerability of these systems and more research on the climate-proofing of transportation infrastructure and services.  Both subjects were discussed at a symposium jointly organised by TRB, US DoT and the European Commission in June 2016 in Brussels.  45 invited specialists in this field from Europe and North America spent two days discussing weather-related threats to transportation and adaptation options.  They did this in the context of three climatic phenomena:  rising sea level / storm surges, excess precipitation / river flooding and extreme heat / droughts. With the help of real-world and hypothetical case studies, they examined what can be done before, during and after such events to make transportation systems more resilient.

 

This session will summarise the key outputs from the symposium, drawing examples from the US and Europe and exploring the implications for future transportation research.

Convenors: Alan McKinnon, Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg

                    Chair of Adaptation Symposium Planning Committee

 Richard Wright

 Vice Chair of Adaptation Symposium Planning Committee

 

Introduction to the US-EU Transport Symposium series and 2016 Symposium in Brussels

Robert Missen, European Commission

Neil Pedersen, TRB

Alasdair Cain, US Department for Transportation

Overview of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Donald Wuebbles,

Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois

Adaptation and Resilience in the Transportation Sector

Climatic risks, adaptation and resilience in the transportation sector: an overview

Gerry Schwartz, formerly Jacobs / Sverdrup Civil Inc.

Preparing transportation infrastructure for rising sea level and storm surges

Jeffrey Western, Western Management and Consulting

Managing transportation disruptions during periods of excessive rainfall

Jennifer Jacobs, University of New Hampshire

Improving the resilience of transportation systems during periods of extreme heat

Mike Meyer, Georgia Institute of Technology

Alan O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin

 

Conclusions of the Brussels symposium discussion

Alan McKinnon and Dick Wright

 

Opportunities for Trans-Atlantic Research Collaboration on this Topic

Maria-Cristina Marolda, European Commission

Alasdair Cain, US Department for Transportation

 

Transition: from Adaptation to Mitigation: Steve Cliff, CARB and UC Davies

Chair of the Climate Mitigation Symposium Planning Committee

 

 



Title Presentation Number
Conclusions of the symposium discussion
Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University
Richard Wright, Retired
Show Abstract
P17-21514
Improving the resilience of transportation systems during periods of extreme heat
Michael Meyer, Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Alan O’Connor, Trinity College, Dublin
Show Abstract
P17-21513
Managing transportation disruptions during periods of excessive rainfall
Jennifer Jacobs, University of New Hampshire
André Van Lammeren, Rijkswaterstaat
P17-21512
Preparing transportation infrastructure for rising sea level and storm surges
Gordana Petkovic, Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Jeffrey Western, Western Management and Consulting, LLC
P17-21511
Climatic Risks, Adaptation and Resilience in the Transportation Sector: an Overview
Lorant Tavasszy, Delft University of Technology
Henry Gerard Schwartz
Show Abstract
P17-21510
European Commission and US Department of Transportation Perspectives
Frank Smit, European Commission
Alasdair Cain, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
P17-22168
Notetaker
Delia Dimitriu, Transport Systems Catapult
P17-22200