Highway and Ecosystem Monitoring and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise (SLR) of 8 inches has occurred in the San Francisco Bay and is likely to rise by another 12-18 inches by mid-century, which will imperil about 90% of the Bay Area marshes, virtually all of which are in hydrological connection with regional highways. This rapid degree of rise means that it would be best to include planning for infrastructural modifications in current regional and corridor plans. The proximity of these highways and marshes, which are home to endangered species and the subject of many tens of millions of dollars in acquisition and restoration investments, means that accurate and timely information about the actual extent of SLR impacts will be critical during highway adaptation. The project proposes to implement an already tested remote camera-based system for monitoring the near-term (1 to 10 years) degree and areal extent of SLR and associated wave action inundation of marshes and infrastructure. Research products will include a demonstration of a method for monitoring near-term SLR impacts using remote cameras, web-informatics organization of photographs, image analysis, and description of how this information could be used to validate SLR models and inform SLR-adaptation planning. This system will be maintained for up to 10 years after the end of the project.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $113,465.68
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC29

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shilling, Fraser

  • Start Date: 20151001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170501
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578197
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 15 2015 2:01PM