Quantification of Multimodal Transportation Network Vulnerability: A Pilot Study in Mississippi

There are pressing needs to develop a network based quantification framework to assess vulnerability of multimodal transportation and infrastructure network exposed to both natural and man-made hazards. Thus the objective of this exploratory study is to identify critical transportation network and its vulnerability to a wide variety of hazard conditions based on real-world data. In this study, three research questions will be addressed: 1) possible scenarios of future climate changes with respect to projected sea level rise and changes in storm surge intensity specific to the Mississippi coast; 2) inventory of critical transportation infrastructures; and 3) sustainability and effectiveness of the transportation network under possible hazard conditions. Proposed research activities are aligned with the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center (MarTREC) research interest in the area of “Multimodal Supply Chain Efficacy” by proposing a quantitative framework of multimodal transportation network to address vulnerability from natural and man-made hazards. The study objectives will be accomplished through systematic inventory of transportation facilities in Mississippi and prognostic modeling of infrastructure vulnerability using network model. The project strongly believe that the outcome of this study will be cursory towards developing a comprehensive design, adaptation and mitigation framework for the State Department of Transportation (DOT) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in order to address risk and vulnerability of Mississippi’s transportation infrastructure due to hazards.


  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20160501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170430
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170430
  • Source Data: MarTREC

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601164
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 27 2016 1:35PM