Targeted Investment for Critical Food Access in Rural New England

Food insecurity is a long-recognized global challenge, especially in the southern regions of Africa and Asia. In developed countries such as the United States, a continued increase in extreme weather events, increasingly related to climate change, has presented new challenges for food security. The U.S. is very auto-focused, and many people rely on private automobile usage – particularly in rural areas – to access food. Mountainous landscapes like those in northern New England feature relatively sparse rural road networks and are susceptible to roadway flooding in areas with more varied terrain (mountains, streams, rivers, lakes, and coastline). The New England region is forecasted to receive more frequent and severe snowfall and rainfall events in the latter half of this century, resulting in more disruptive events throughout the roadway network, putting vulnerable rural households even more at risk for food access. This project focuses on advancing methods for identifying specific roadway infrastructure components that are both most vulnerable to disruptive extreme weather events and are most critical with respect to accessing food. A better understanding of which components are most critical with respect to accessibility can help decision makers devise strategies that can help mitigate potential risks to vulnerable households and populations.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $136254
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

    Farrell Hall
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, Vermont  United States  05405
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

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

    Novak, David

    Sullivan, James

  • Start Date: 20190401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210125
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01692378
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 6 2019 2:11PM