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Updated 12 March 2008

Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure -- Gulf Coast Study

Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.7
 

Note: All links are to PDF files.

  • Complete report [10 MB]. CCSP, 2008: Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study, Phase I. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research [Savonis, M. J., V.R. Burkett, and J.R. Potter (eds.)]. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC, USA, 445 pp.

  • Transmittal letter [32 Kb]

  • Press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) (posted 12 March 2008)


  • Individual Sections
    Authors / Editors

    Front Matter [155 Kb].

     

    Table of Contents [137 Kb].

     

    List of Tables and Figures [165 Kb].

     

    Abstract [97 Kb].

     

    Executive Summary [141 Kb]

    Lead Authors: Joanne R. Potter, Cambridge Systematics (CS); Michael J. Savonis, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); and Virginia R. Burkett, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

    Chapter 1 [441 Kb].  Why Study Climate Change Impacts on Transportation?

    Lead Authors: Robert C. Hyman, CS; Joanne R. Potter, CS; Michael J. Savonis, FHWA; Virginia R. Burkett, USGS; and Jessica E. Tump, CS

    Chapter 2 [2 Mb].  Why Study the Gulf Coast?

    Lead Authors: Virginia R. Burkett, USGS; Robert C. Hyman, CS; Ron Hagelman, Texas State University, San Marcos; Stephen B. Hartley, USGS; and Matthew Sheppard, Bureau of Transportation Statistics

    Contributing Authors: Thomas W. Doyle, USGS; Daniel M. Beagan, CS; Alan Meyers, CS; David T. Hunt, CS; Michael K. Maynard, Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA); Russell H. Henk, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI); Edward J. Seymour, TTI; Leslie E. Olson, TTI; Joanne R. Potter, CS; and Nanda N. Srinivasan, CS

    Chapter 3 [3 Mb].  How Is the Gulf Coast Climate Changing?

    Lead Authors: Barry D. Keim, Louisiana State University (LSU); Thomas W. Doyle, USGS; and Virginia R. Burkett, USGS

    Contributing Authors: Ivor Van Heerden, LSU; S. Ahmet Binselam, LSU; Michael F. Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Claudia Tebaldi, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR); Tamara G. Houston, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and Daniel M. Beagan, CS

    Chapter 4 [3 Mb].  What Are the Implications of Climate Change and Variability for Gulf Coast Transportation?

    Lead Authors: Robert S. Kafalenos, FHWA; Kenneth J. Leonard, CS

    Contributing Authors: Daniel M. Beagan, CS; Virginia R. Burkett, USGS; Barry D. Keim, LSU; Alan Meyers, CS; David T. Hunt, CS; Robert C. Hyman, CS; Michael K. Maynard, WSA; Barbara Fritsche, WSA; Russell H. Henk, TTI; Edward J. Seymour, TTI; Leslie E. Olson, TTI; Joanne R. Potter, CS; Michael J. Savonis, FHWA

    Chapter 5 [1 Mb].  How Can Transportation Professionals Incorporate Climate Change in Transportation Decisions?

    Lead Authors: Kenneth J. Leonard, CS; John H. Suhrbier, CS; Eric Lindquist; Texas A&M; University

    Contributing Authors: Michael J. Savonis, FHWA; Joanne R. Potter, CS; Wesley R. Dean, Texas A&M; University

    Chapter 6 [138 Kb].  What Are the Key Conclusions of This Study?

    Lead Authors: Michael J. Savonis, FHWA; Virginia R. Burkett, USGS; Joanne R. Potter, CS

    Contributing Authors: Thomas W. Doyle, USGS; Ron Hagelman, Texas State University, San Marcos; Stephen B. Hartley, USGS; Robert C. Hyman, CS; Robert S. Kafalenos, FHWA; Barry D. Keim, LSU; Kenneth J. Leonard, CS; Matthew Sheppard, Bureau of Transportation Statistics; Claudia Tebaldi, NCAR; Jessica E. Tump, CS

    Appendix A [57 Kb].  Gulf Coast Study GIS Datasets

     

    Appendix B [1 Mb].  Additional Data on Social and Economic Setting

     

    Appendix C [91 Kb].  Additional Rail Data

     

    Appendix D [114 Kb].  Water Balance Model Procedures

     

    Appendix E [222 Kb].  HURASIM Model Description

     

    Appendix F [529 Kb].  Projecting Future Sea Level Rise with the SLRRP Model

     
    List of Acronyms [159 Kb]  
    Glossary of Terms [151 Kb]  
    References [99 Kb]  
    Contact Information [79 Kb]  

    This document, part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan, was prepared in accordance with Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-554) and the information quality act guidelines guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation pursuant to Section 515. The CCSP Interagency Committee relies on Department of Transportation certifications regarding compliance with Section 515 and Department guidelines as the basis for determining that this product conforms with Section 515. For purposes of compliance with Section 515, this CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product is an "interpreted product" as that term is used in Department of Transportation guidelines and is classified as "highly influential". This document does not express any regulatory policies of the United States or any of its agencies, or provide recommendations for regulatory action.

     

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