The Federal Highway Administration's Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework

This guide and collection of resources is for use in analyzing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure. Its purpose is to identify key considerations, questions, and resources that can be used to design and implement a climate change vulnerability assessment. The processes, lessons learned, and resources outlined in the framework are geared toward State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies involved in planning, building, or maintaining the transportation system. It includes suggestions and examples applicable to a wide range of applications, from small qualitative studies to large, detailed, data-intensive analyses. The resources included in the framework will be added to and updated over time. The framework is informed by and draws examples from five climate change vulnerability and risk assessment pilot projects that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored in 2010-2011. This updated framework uses the experiences of the pilots to provide some examples of the “how to” of the assessment. The 2010 pilots were: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority/New Jersey Partnership-Coastal and Central New Jersey; Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization-Island of Oahu; Metropolitan Transportation Commission /Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission/California Department of Transportation District 4-San Francisco Bay; Virginia DOT/University of Virginia-Hampton Roads; and Washington State DOT-State of Washington.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01519386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HEP-13-005
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2014 2:08PM