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Transportation, Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series

May-June 2013

The four-part webinar series is designed to provide information to transportation agencies interested in assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather events and applying the results.

Session 1: Getting Started-Determining assets to study and climate information
Thursday, May 16
Speakers provided an overview of the key steps involved in conducting a vulnerability assessment as well as examples of studies that included steps for selecting critical assets and developing climate and extreme weather event information. The presenters were: Becky Lupes, FHWA;  Mike Flood, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Joel Smith, Stratus Consulting; and Rob Kafalenos, FHWA.

Session 2: System-Level Vulnerability Assessments
Thursday, May 30
This session focused on the use of information on transportation assets and climate projections to identify vulnerabilities. Representatives from three of the five 2010-11 vulnerability assessment pilot projects discussed their system-level vulnerability and risk assessment projects and the different ways they applied the vulnerability assessment framework.  The presenters included: Rob Kafalenos of FHWA; Carol Lee Roalkvam of Washington State Department of Transportation; Sara Polgar of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Stefanie Hom of Metropolitan Transportation Commission; and Jeffrey Perlman of New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Session 3: Applying the results
Wednesday, June 12, 2:00-3:30 Eastern Time
The third webinar in the series will focus on incorporating the results of vulnerability assessment into agency decision making processes and developing adaptation options. Presenters included: Rob Hyman, FHWA; Cris Liban, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Maureen Kelly, Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization; and Karl Peet - Chicago Transit Authority.

Session 4: Hurricane Sandy - Lessons Learned
Thursday, June 20, 2:00-3:30 Eastern Time
The impacts of Hurricane Sandy underscore the need for proactive planning for extreme weather events.   This session focused on extreme weather preparations, emergency response, recovery, and planning for long term resilience. Presenters included: Tina Hodges, FHWA, Antonio Cabrera, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit, Richard M. Shaw, New Jersey Department of Transportation

For questions about the webinars, please contact Rob Kafalenos at

2010-2011 Pilot Webinars

FHWA held two webinars presenting the results of the pilot program. The webinars were recorded, and are available here.

Updated: 03/27/2014
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