CLIMATE ADAPTATION DECISION-MAKING: THE GULF COAST PHASE 2 PILOT STUDY

  • Jerald Ramsden
  • Justin Lennon
  • Benny Louie

Abstract

The Gulf Coast Study is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Sustainability to study the projected impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure in the Gulf Coast region. The Phase 2 portion of the Gulf Coast Study was focused on the greater Mobile, Alabama, area with the purpose of providing detailed assessments of the performance of critical infrastructure under specific climate change threats in a coastal environment. This presentation will include a discussion of the Adaptation Decision-making Assessment Process (ADAP) that was developed by WSP in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), (2016). The Gulf Coast Phase 2 Pilot Study included an Engineering Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures FHWA (2014) that followed the 11-step ADAP process. The process was applied to 10 case studies. Two of these case studies are presented, highlighting application of ADAP to coastal transportation infrastructure.

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U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (2016), TEACR Engineering Assessment - Adaptation Decision-making Assessment Process (ADAP), Publication FHWA-HEP-17-004, September, 2016.

Published
2018-12-30
How to Cite
Ramsden, J., Lennon, J., & Louie, B. (2018). CLIMATE ADAPTATION DECISION-MAKING: THE GULF COAST PHASE 2 PILOT STUDY. Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 1(36), risk.100. https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v36.risk.100