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Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework

5 Next Steps

Creating a more resilient transportation system is a priority for the FHWA and is consistent with a recent U.S. DOT policy statement on climate change adaptation.[16] Analyzing and incorporating potential future climate change impacts to transportation systems is a relatively new and evolving area of practice. One of the FHWA's goals is to ensure that State DOTs, MPOs, and local partners have the capacity to address this relatively new area in their transportation plans and programs. A way that the FHWA is working toward this is by developing and sharing information on tools and methodologies, such as those highlighted in this document, that State DOTs and MPOs can use to assess climate change vulnerability and risk, and to prioritize actions.

The FHWA plans to sponsor a new round of pilot projects in late 2012 through early 2014 to help fill in gaps in this framework and to assist MPOs and State DOTs to advance climate change adaptation activities more quickly. The FHWA anticipates that the selected pilots will fall into two distinct groups:

  1. A continuation of vulnerability assessments similar to the first set of pilots only focused on concerns specific to the interior portions of the country.
  2. Advancement beyond the initial vulnerability assessment stage to development and implementation of adaptation options.

Information on the new round of pilots, along with other FHWA research activities will be available on the FHWA's Climate Change Adaptation website.

Updated: 03/27/2014
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