Planning for a rapidly growing region like Albuquerque in an arid climate means addressing challenges of congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, and water scarcity exacerbated by climate change.
A unique partnership between federal agencies and the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO), located in Albuquerque, NM, is embarking on a project to help the region address these intertwined challenges using the powerful analytical tool of scenario planning.
Scenario planning allows participants to consider the impacts of growth and evaluate the costs and benefits of various future scenarios.
The project will influence transportation and land use decision-making in the Albuquerque region by using scenario planning to analyze strategies to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
More specifically, the goals of the project are to:
This project builds off of and complements an earlier scenario planning and climate change pilot in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This new project will undertake a more detailed climate change analysis than was conducted for the Cape Cod pilot. In addition, this new effort focuses on an inland area in order to explore impacts due to water scarcity, heat waves, wildfires, and extreme weather events.
The following federal agencies will provide funding and/or technical assistance to the project: Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation Volpe Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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