Risk-Based Adaptation Frameworks for Climate Change Planning in the Transportation Sector. A Synthesis of Practice

Consensus is growing within the scientific community that the global climate system is changing. Many of these global changes are projected to translate into regionally significant environmental impacts, including increases in precipitation, temperature, sea-level rise, and the intensity of extreme weather events. In the transportation sector, the design and management of infrastructure is heavily influenced by the surrounding environment. Given the uncertain future of regional environmental conditions and climate impacts, the current design and management practices of existing infrastructure may be inadequate over the coming decades. Research institutions and government agencies in the United States (e.g., Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration) and abroad (e.g., the United Kingdom Highways Agency, New Zealand Transport) have begun to investigate adaptation strategies and evaluation frameworks for transportation infrastructure. Many of these adaptation strategies are heavily influenced by the tenets of risk analysis and risk management. This circular synthesizes several leading risk-based adaptation frameworks from the international transportation community. Commonalities among these frameworks were synthesized for four key areas: (a) the underlying motivation for initiating climate change adaptation planning, (b) the foundational risk management standards–principles used to develop these frameworks, (c) the focus and approach of the frameworks, and (d) the barriers and limitations identified by the transportation agencies and organizations. The circular concludes with suggestions for future research priorities.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 32p
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  • Accession Number: 01515613
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 24 2014 11:40AM