Guidelines to Incorporate the Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Measures in Preparation for Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change

Extreme weather events and a changing climate can result in significant costs to transportation agencies, to the traveling public, and to communities. State departments of transportation (DOTs) as well as other public infrastructure agencies are increasingly challenged with difficult decisions about whether, when, and to what extent to incorporate adaptation measures into their existing and future facilities to provide more resiliencies in the event of extreme weather or in response to the evolving effects of climate change. Given the potential costs and benefits involved in enhancing the resilience of transportation systems, the decision to implement adaptation measures is dependent on a variety of factors. Improved guidance will assist transportation decisionmakers in making informed and supportable decisions regarding their implementation of adaptation measures for extreme weather events and climate change. The return on investment will be realized from making better long-term decisions based on a more holistic analysis of the costs and benefits of implementing adaptation measures. This work is especially important at a time when transportation agencies are fiscally constrained and immediate corrective measures to transportation assets following extreme weather are usually above planned budget expenditures. Research is needed to assist in an understanding of the cost/benefit payoff of adaptation measures to allow for better decisionmaking. The objective of this research is to provide guidance that enables transportation decisionmakers to integrate analysis of the costs and benefits of adaptation measures in preparation for extreme weather events and climate change.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $299210
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-101

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dewberry Consultants LLC

    Fairfax, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    McGinley, Laurel

  • Start Date: 20150901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37538

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543476
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-101
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2014 1:01AM