Quick Response for Special Needs. Task 32. Research Roadmap on Environmental Issues

As an industry-driven research program, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) relies on a flow of quality research ideas. Traditionally, ACRP primarily has used a bottom-up approach for these ideas, expressed as formal problem statements. ACRP’s Oversight Committee has adopted a strategic plan for the program that includes as a priority ensuring “that problem statements are of the highest quality and greatest relevance to the airport industry.” As a key step to achieving this strategic priority, ACRP is developing a series of research roadmaps, one for each of its 10 topic areas. The goal of these research roadmaps is to identify gaps in knowledge and practice, uncover key opportunities and challenges, and outline and prioritize specific research ideas needed to address these gaps. The roadmaps will also produce research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub, its online collaboration platform for turning ideas into problem statements to be considered for funding. Airports face unique, numerous, and ever-evolving environmental challenges and opportunities. Common environmental topics have focused on noise, water quality, and air quality. More recently, issues related to sustainability and resiliency have emerged. A research roadmap is needed to help airport industry practitioners identify and prioritize research needs related to environmental issues. The objective of this research is to develop an airport environmental research roadmap. The roadmap should recommend priorities and timing, set a strategy, and provide a rationale for the recommendations. In addition, the roadmap should: (1) Focus on airport environmental research needs to be undertaken within the next 5 years; (2) Consider existing relevant environmental roadmaps and research recommendations; (3) Consider the needs of airports of all sizes, geographies, levels and types of activity, and resource constraints; (4) Recognize airports are a component of communities and intermodal transportation systems; (5) Address potential positive environmental effects that airports can generate; (6) Reflect priorities of a broad group of stakeholders; (7) Prioritize research with consideration to ACRP’s strategic plan; (8) Create environmental research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub for further development into problem statements; and (9) Include a long-range (i.e., beyond 5 years) environmental research needs assessment that accounts for uncertainty, data limitations, emerging technologies, and evolving policies. The ACRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers' current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective. The work proposed must be divided into tasks, and proposers must describe the work proposed in each task in detail. The research plan should include, at a minimum, a stakeholder outreach plan to develop and/or vet the roadmap, and an interim report that describes work done in early tasks, including a preliminary draft roadmap. The research plan should also include, at a minimum, the following checkpoints with the ACRP project panel: (1) kick-off conference call to be held within 1 month of contract execution to discuss the amplified work plan, (2) web-meeting to approve stakeholder outreach plan, and (3) interim meeting to review the results of the interim report.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-02, Task 32

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20180213
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41864

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01642756
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-02, Task 32
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2017 1:00AM