Objective Decision-Making Tools for Infrastructure Investments to Combat Sea Level Rise

Many locations in the United States are under great threat from rising sea water levels and flooding due to climate change and related increased occurrence of extreme weather events. Consequently, road and rail transportation networks, commercial and private ports, and other public utilities may be temporarily or even permanently flooded. This research effort will develop optimization-based decision tools to facilitate decisions pertaining to infrastructure investments with a focus on freight movements in intermodal transport networks. Tools developed through this effort will aid governments and infrastructure owners and operators in effectively addressing the threats from potential sea level rise and significant, sustained flooding events that will arise more frequently with increased occurrence of extreme weather circumstances. Models and algorithms developed through this work will inform these entities on the optimal investment of limited funds across subsystems, specific system components, regions or proposed projects.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Transportation Center @ Maryland

    1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    University of Maryland
    College Park, Maryland  United States  20742
  • Project Managers:

    Zhang, Lei

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Maryland, College Park

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1173 Glenn Martin Hall
    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Principal Investigators:

    Miller-Hooks, Elise

  • Start Date: 20140301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37156

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599019
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Center @ Maryland
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC30
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 17 2016 1:00AM