A Primer on Coastal Transportation System Resilience and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise on Oahu Using Living Shorelines and Green Infrastructure

Oahu’s coastal hazards include accelerating erosion, sea level rise, groundwater inundation, and coastal storms that threaten roadways, buildings, landscapes, and other infrastructure. This proposal strives to create a resilience decision-support tool for coastal transportation systems. The project’s objectives are to create a primer on coastal protection, resiliency, and adaptation to sea level rise and coastal storms in economically and socially important locations on Oahu. The primer will aid decision-making by presenting applicable strategies with explanatory graphics, and relevant precedent example projects. Three prototypical contexts with coastal roadways will be explored: (1) A future densely-developed transit oriented development (TOD) location: Kapalama/Iwilei; (2) A current densely-developed coastal community and economic engine: Waikiki; and (3) A recreationally significant rural coastal community location: Sunset beach area on the North Shore of Oahu. In each area, living shorelines and green infrastructure will be examined for their potential to protect transportation ways and ease of implementation. In addition, this study will present ideas to enable the areas to maintain operations during and after flooding from coastal storms and sea level rise.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

      Pacific Southwest Region 9 UTC

      650 Childs Way
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University of Hawaii, Manoa

      2540 Dole Street
      Honolulu, HI  United States  96822

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Feldman, Doug

    • Principal Investigators:

      Meguro, Wendy

    • Start Date: 20180101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01652793
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 30 2017 5:22PM