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Workshop on Impacts of Global Climate Change on
Hydraulics, Hydrology and Transportation

March 7, 2005
Washington, DC
(National Academies of Sciences)

[Sponsors]    [Objective]    [Agenda]    [Presentations]    [Participant List]    [View 2nd Workshop, March 2006]

Sponsors

Objective

The U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting (CCC) has formed a partnership with the NCSU Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), the Center for Transportation Research in the Coastal Environment (CTRCE) (U.S.), and the Ports and Waterways Center (PWC), TTI-TAMU, to host a pair of workshops on the impacts of global climate change on hydraulics and hydrology and transportation, including a possible change in the rate of sea-level rise. All transportation modes will be included in the identification of areas to be addressed.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide planning and engineering professionals with the information they need to make informed decisions on how to respond to possible changes resulting from climate change. The guidance will be developed through the use of small grants to a team of established experts in specific, narrowly defined areas. The problem statements will be developed at a workshop of invited participants, and the draft results will be presented to the same participants at a second workshop.

The final results will be presented at a nationally televised videoconference as well as submitted for publication.


Agenda

8:30
Registration

9:00 - 9:30
Introductions and Welcome

9:30 - Lunch
Backgrounds on Climate Change

  • Observed Climate Variability and Change
    Jay Lawrimore
    Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch
    National Climatic Data Center, NOAA
    PowerPoint Presentation (22.32 MB)

  • Anticipating the Effects of Climate Change on the Transportation Sector
    Lee Branscome
    President
    CCC-Weather
    PowerPoint Presentation (2.55 MB)
  • Engineering Design and Climate: Change and Variability
    Ana Barros
    Professor of Civil Engineering
    Duke University
    PowerPoint Presentation (4.92 MB)
  • Global Climate Change and Sea Level Change
    Robert Dean
    Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of Florida
    PowerPoint Presentation (5.63 MB)
  • Port Planning and Views On Climate Change
    David Bierling and Billy Edge
    Center for Ports and Waterways/Multimodal Freight
    Texas Transportation Institute, TAMU
    PowerPoint Presentation (353 KB)
  • Alaska Response to Climate Change: Impacts on Infrastructure
    Orson Smith
    Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of Alaska, Anchorage
    PowerPoint Presentation (18.40 MB)
  • Designing for Global Warming
    Orson Smith
    Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of Alaska, Anchorage
    PowerPoint Presentation (810 KB)
  • Methods and Applications of Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis
    Chris Frey
    Professor of Civil Engineering
    North Carolina State University
    PowerPoint Presentation (2.06 MB)

Post Lunch (on site) to 4:45

Defining the Critical Questions and Potential Responders
(Group discussion)


Participant List

Jennifer K. Antonielli
jennifer.antonielli@rspa.dot.gov
Senior Transportation Specialist
Organization: Office of Innovation, Research and Education, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Developing national transportation research and development priorities, plans, and initiatives
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Managing multimodal research and technology programs, including the Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program. Chairs the research working group for the Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting

Ana Barros
ana.barros@duke.edu
Professor of Civil Engineering
Organization: Duke University
Research interests: Hydrological sciences and environmental physics and infrastructure engineering
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Hydrological sciences and environmental physics and infrastructure engineering

Yader A. Bermudez
yader_a_bermudez@dot.ca.gov
Maintenance Deputy District Director
Organization: District 4 (San Francisco Bay Area), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Research interests: Preventative maintenance strategies for dealing with global climate changes and their potential physical and economic impacts to the California coastline and economy. Limiting potential damage to ports, highways, bridges, shoreline and the development of evacuation routes.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Design, construction, project management and maintenance

David Bierling
dhb@tamu.edu
Researcher – Center for Ports and Waterways
Organization: Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System
Research interests: Sustainable development; organizational decisions; maritime industry and recreation; hazards response.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Maritime environmental and economic impacts; organizational planning; freight operations.

Clem Bomar
clem_bomar@dot.ca.gov
Chief, Office of Rail Equipment and Track Construction
Organization: California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail
Research interests: Highway/rail crossing safety.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Impacts of coastal climate changes on stability of railroad track infrastructure.

Karrigan S. Bork
karrigan.bork@ost.dot.gov
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary. Chair, Core Staff for U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting, Policy Analyst
Organization: U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Adaptation and mitigation.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Fuel economy, energy, and environmental issues.

Lee Branscome
lbranscome@ccc-weather.com
President
Organization: Climatological Consulting Corporation
Research interests: EPA project on Accidental Injury and Inclement Weather: Defining the Relationship & Anticipating the Effects of a Changing Climate. Investigating weather-related transportation losses and accidents.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Consultant for weather and climate to businesses, public agencies, law firms and insurance companies.

Virginia Burkett
Virginia_Burkett@usgs.gov
Chief, Forest Ecology Branch at the National Wetlands Research Center
Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Research interests: Team leader for U.S. Department of Transportationís assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on transportation in the Gulf Coast region.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Global climate change, sea level rise, and coastal ecology.

Joedy Cambridge
jcambridge@nas.edu
TRB Port and Intermodal Specialist, Marine Board Staff Director
Organization: Transportation Research Board
Research interests: Works with state Departments of Transportation, MPOs, port, transit, and airport authorities, and universities to identify research needs and discuss research activities; Projects on topics such as the federal role in the marine transportation system (MTS), alternatives to double-hull tanker designs, environmental windows for dredging projects, and risk assessment/risk management for congested ports and harbors.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Directing TRBís maritime and intermodal research and technology activities.

Richard S. Corley
richard.corley@marad.dot.gov
Environmental Engineer
Organization: Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Air emissions, transportation planning, and congestion mitigation.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Air emissions review panel participant, inland waterways planning, EMS coordinator, and Agency environmental compliance coordinator.

Robert G. Dean
dean@coastal.ufl.edu
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
Organization: University of Florida
Research interests: Beach nourishment, effects of tidal inlets on shorelines, beach modeling, and sea level rise.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: The effect on shoreline stability and the ultimate difficulty/cost in maintaining the nation's beaches.

Glenn DeCou
glenn_s_decou@dot.ca.gov
Chief, Office of Highway Drainage Design
Organization: California Dept. of Transportation
Research interests: Climate and hydrology, culvert material durability, bioengineered streambank protection measures.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Development of design standards for hydrologic and hydraulic design for transportation facilities.

Scott L. Douglass
Douglas@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Professor of Civil Engineering. Director, Coastal Transportation Engineering Research and Education Center
Organization: University of South Alabama
Research interests: Coastal engineering; coastal zone management; beach erosion causes and solutions.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Director of university research center focusing on coastal highway design.

Billy L. Edge
b-edge@tamu.edu
W.H. Bauer Professor in Dredging Engineering. Director, Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Organization: Texas A&M University
Research interests: Storm surges, long-term erosion, bridge scour, navigation channels, harbor design.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Coastal engineering.

Gina Eosco
eosco@dc.ametsoc.org
Program Associate
Organization: American Meteorological Society in the Policy Program
Research interests: Enhancing policy and outreach efforts within meteorology and related disciplines. Improving communication among providers, users, and decision makers.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Working with AMS committees and members to continue dialogue among providers and users of weather information. Promoting recommendations from the Weather and Highways forum held by AMS in November, 2003.

John Fisher
john_fisher@ncsu.edu
Director, Center for Transportation and Environment, Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Professor of Civil Engineering, Water Resources/Environmental Engineering
Organization: North Carolina State University
Research interests: Coastal engineering and sediment transport.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Identifying impacts of coastal erosion, climate change, sea-level rise, and changing hydrology on transportation design infrastructure, including bridge construction. Computer mapping to identify coastal areas at risk from hurricanes, plan emergency management for storm relief, and develop strategies to reduce damage.

H. Christopher Frey
frey@eos.ncsu.edu
Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Organization: North Carolina State University
Research interests: Quantitative methods for quantifying and managing uncertainty in environmental and engineering systems, measurement and modeling of real-world vehicle emissions, modeling and assessment of process technologies, and quantitative analysis of environmental risk.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Measurement and modeling of real-world vehicle emissions, quantitative analysis of environmental risk.

Jack S. Harrell
Jack.Harrell@VDOT.Virginia.gov
District River Mechanics Engineer (Bridge Hydraulics)
Organization: Virginia Department of Transportation, Hampton Roads District
Research interests: Roadway drainage/bridge hydraulics.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Hydraulics.

David Henderson
dhenderson@dot.state.nc.us
State Hydraulics Engineer
Organization: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Research interests:

  • Members:
    NC Outer Banks Task Force
    Outer Banks Inlet Response Committee
    North Carolina Environmental Roundtable 1994–1996
    Upper Neuse River Buffer Protection Stakeholders
    National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II Stakeholders
  • Chair: AASHTO Technical Committee on Hydrology & Hydraulics

Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Urban & Environmental Engineering.

Nancy Humphrey
nhumphre@nas.edu
Senior Staff Officer
Organization: Transportation Research Board
Research interests: Highway safety; Transportation data; Transportation and the environment; The effects of highway capacity improvements on air quality and energy use.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Managing joint study with TRB and the Division of Earth and Life Studies on Climate Change and U.S. Transportation.

Robert S. Kafalenos
robert.kafalenos@fhwa.dot.gov
Air Quality Specialist
Organization: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure, policies, and services.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure and services in the gulf coast region; serve as an FHWA representative on the U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Climate Change; and assist development and analysis of climate change policies for FHWA.

Joseph Krolak
joseph.krolak@fhwa.dot.gov
Hydraulic Engineer
Organization: Office of Bridge Technology, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Coastal boundary conditions, hydrology, hydraulics, and model approaches for analyses of transportation systems.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Working with state Departments of Transportations and AASHTO on technical documents and courses for Highways in the Coastal Environment (HICE).

Jay Lawrimore
jay.lawrimore@noaa.gov
Chief of Climate Monitoring Branch
Organization: National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Research interests: Using climate databases to place current conditions in historical perspective.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Monitoring U.S. and global climate to understand climate variability and change.

Linda Lawson
linda.lawson@ost.dot.gov
Director, Office of Transportation Policy Development
Organization: U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Environmental, safety, mobility, economic, and transportation issues.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Overseeing policy and economic analyses of environmental, safety, mobility and economic issues. Assessing implications of transportation issues that have a major impact on the nation.

Malcolm MacKinnon III
mmacmm@aol.com
Consultant
Organization: MacKinnon-Searle Consortium, LLC (ports; Marine Board)
Research interests: Issues affecting maritime industry.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Providing technical consulting services worldwide to the maritime industry and military and commercial clients.

Gary R. McVoy
gmcvoy@dot.state.ny.us
Director, Transportation Maintenance Division
Organization: New York State Department of Transportation
Research interests: Environmental initiatives, AASHTO stewardship activities, computer modeling, expert systems, wetland banking, environmental analysis, asset management, transportation maintenance management.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Environmental stewardship, assessment, and streamlining; asset management; management systems; transportation management; inter-organizational cooperation.

James B. Martin
jbm@unity.ncsu.edu
Director, Center for Transportation and the Environment. Associate Director, North Carolina Local Technical Assistance Program. Director, North Carolina Technology Transfer Program
Organization: North Carolina State University
Research interests: Context sensitive solutions, community impacts, and workforce development.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Research, education, and technology transfer programs involving transportation and the environment.

Mark Miles
Mark_miles@dot.state.ak.us
Statewide Hydraulic Engineer
Organization: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Research interests: Hydrology, hydraulics, and water quality.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Technical and policy aspects of drainage design and providing design services, emergency planning, and hazard mitigation.

J. Rolf Olsen
j.rolf.olsen@iwr01.usace.army.mil
Water Resources Systems Engineer
Organization: Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Research interests: Impacts of climate change and variability on water resources. Application of long-lead forecasts for water management. Climate impacts on inland navigation for the Middle Mississippi River.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Water resources systems.

Joanne R. Potter
jpotter@camsys.com
Senior Associate
Organization: Cambridge Systematics
Research interests: Potential impacts of climate change and variability on transportation.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Transportation and environmental issues, often in collaboration with other operating administrations and with federal, state, and local partners.

Arthur Rypinski
arthur.rypinski@dot.gov
Economist
Organization: Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Energy issues.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Energy issues.

Michael J. Savonis
michael.savonis@fhwa.dot.gov
Team Leader for Air Quality
Organization: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Research interests: Impacts of changing climate on transportation facilities and services, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, development of decision support tools for transportation planning.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Studying climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure and services in the gulf coast region; climate change research to develop cost-effective mitigation methods and decision support tools in transportation planning; acting representative for FHWA at U.S. Department of Transportation Center for Climate Change; assisting development and analysis of climate change policies for USDOT.

John Shockey
john.shockey@vdot.virginia.gov
District River Mechanic Engineer for the Fredericksburg District
Organization: Virginia Department of Transportation
Research interests: Roadway and bridge hydraulics.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Hydraulics.

Orson Smith
afops@uaa.alaska.edu
Professor and Chair, Arctic Engineering, School of Engineering
Organization: University of Alaska, Anchorage
Research interests: Cook Inlet Ice Atlas; Alaska Sea Ice Atlas; Cook Inlet Beach Ice studies; Tidal Influences on the Lower Kenai River; Arctic Coastal Dynamics at Elson Lagoon; Tidal Circulation in Tongass Narrows at Ketchikan; Tidal Circulation in Seward Harbor; Beach Stability at Nikiski, Alaska; Wave Analysis at Seward, Alaska
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Warming World: Effects on Alaska Infrastructure.

Jim Titus
titus.jim@epamail.epa.gov
Project Manager for Sea Level Rise
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Research interests: Rising sea levels, long-term consequences of sea level rise and designing transportation systems to deal with rising sea level.
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Studies for EPA on adapting to rising sea level.

John Zamurs
jzamurs@gw.dot.state.ny.us
Head of the Air Quality Section in the Environmental Analysis Bureau
Organization: New York State Department of Transportation
Research interests: Transportation and Air Quality Committee of the Transportation Research Board; National Cooperative Highway Research Project
Work areas relating to global climate change & transportation: Greenhouse gas emissions, air quality.


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