Career Pathways for Transportation Sector Climate Adaption Professionals

Climate adaptation is receiving increased emphasis in transportation agencies at all levels, creating a growing demand for skilled adaptation professionals. As an emerging field (involving allocation of limited resources while balancing climatological uncertainties, infrastructure vulnerability, system level criticality, and social equity) the pathways for developing the skills and competencies required for climate adaptation careers are not well established. Through surveys and interviews with current adaptation professionals, this project will document key skill profiles and competency sets needed for a career in transportation sector climate adaptation, as well as the educational and training opportunities available for developing these proficiencies. Special emphasis is placed on identifying skills that are not well incorporated into current curricula or training programs. A preliminary set of Competency Models and Career Pathway tools will be developed, identifying knowledge, skills, and competencies required to succeed in transportation sector climate adaptation positions and provide career lattices illustrating to the experience needed to advance in this area. The results of this project will inform how agencies develop job descriptions, conduct recruitment, and develop and allocate internal training resources, as well as the education and training sought by established and aspiring adaptation professionals.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $39000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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

    University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

    Farrell Hall
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, Vermont  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dowds, Jonathan

    McRae, Glenn

  • Start Date: 20171001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210707
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01643724
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2017 4:06PM