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The impact of climate change on transportation in the gulf coast

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DOI: 10.1061/41050(357)64

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Abstract

Climate affects the design, construction, safety, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure and systems. The prospect of a changing climate raises critical questions regarding how alterations in temperature, precipitation, storm events, and other aspects of the climate could affect the nation's transportation system. This regional assessment of climate change and its potential impacts on transportation systems addresses these questions for the central Gulf Coast between Houston and Mobile. Warming temperatures are likely to increase the costs of transportation construction, maintenance, and operations. More frequent extreme precipitation events will likely disrupt transportation networks with flooding and visibility problems. Relative sea level rise will make much of the existing infrastructure more prone to frequent or permanent inundation. Increased storm intensity may lead to increased service disruption and damage. Consideration of these factors in today's transportation decisions should lead to a more robust, resilient, and cost-effective transportation network in the coming decades. ?? 2009 ASCE.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
The impact of climate change on transportation in the gulf coast
ISBN:
9780784410509
DOI:
10.1061/41050(357)64
Volume
357
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Larger Work Title:
TCLEE 2009: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in a Multihazard Environment
First page:
64
Conference Title:
2009 ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Conference, TCLEE 2009: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in a Multihazard Environment
Conference Location:
Oakland, CA
Conference Date:
28 June 2009 through 1 July 2009