Ongoing and Current Research
- Summary of FHWA Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives
- Operations Strategies - This study will further investigate the GHG reduction potential of highway operation and management strategies, building on information developed for the Moving Cooler report, US DOT's Report to Congress, NCHRP Report 535 and others. In particular, the project will address the relationship between traffic improvements and traveler behavior, travel demand and emissions. The project is expected to be completed in late 2013.
- Planning-Level Assessment of Construction and Maintenance Emissions - FHWA is developing a sketch calculator to estimate energy use and GHG emissions due to the construction and maintenance of transportation facilities, along with the potential energy and emissions savings due to sustainable practices. The tool is intended to support metropolitan- and statewide plans, NEPA assessments of transportation projects, and the transportation programming process. Pilot testing of the tool is scheduled for fall of 2013, and it is expected to be publicly available by early 2014.
- Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project - The project will inform transportation and land use decision-making in the Albuquerque metropolitan area by using scenario planning to analyze strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. The goals of the project are to 1) advance climate analysis in scenario planning; 2) develop a transferrable process; 3) build partnerships; and 4) impact decision-making. The project will utilize lessons learned from an earlier study that focused on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. See local news coverage