Will Climate Change have an impact on transportation?

Many studies have already examined the potential impacts of climate change on broad sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and forestry, but only a handful have studied the impacts on transportation. Transportation professionals should look into the challenges posed by climate change and incorporate current scientific knowledge into the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation systems. Obviously, the primary focus of this study is on the consequences of climate change for U.S. transportation infrastructure and operations, but many – if not most – of the conclusion are just as applicable anywhere else in the world

No exception

Every mode of transportation will be affected as climate change poses new and often unfamiliar challenges to infrastructure providers, as in China this winter.

A report from the US

Special Report 290: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation is the report from a study conducted by a committee of experts under the auspices of the Transportation Research Board and the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Research Council.

Potentially, the greatest impact of climate change on North America’s transportation system will be flooding of coastal roads, railways, transit systems, and runways because of a global rise in sea level coupled with storm surge and exacerbated in some locations by land subsidence. The vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to climate change, however, will extend well beyond coastal areas. Therefore, federal, state, and local governments, in collaboration with owners and operators of infrastructure such as ports and airports and private railroad and pipeline companies, should inventory critical transportation infrastructure to identify whether, when, and where projected climate changes in particular regions might be consequential.

The report makes the case that focusing on the problem now should help avoid costly future investments and disruptions to operations.

What should be done?

The primary focus of this study is on the consequences of climate change for U.S. transportation infrastructure and operations:

  • Incorporate Climate Change into Investment Decisions
  • Adopt Strategic, Risk-Based Approaches to Decision Making
  • Improve Communication
  • Integrate Evacuation Planning and Emergency Response into Transportation Operations
  • Develop and Implement Monitoring Technologies
  • Share Best Practices
  • Reevaluate Design Standards
  • Include Climate Change in Transportation and Land Use Planning
  • Evaluate the National Flood Insurance Program and Flood Insurance Rate Maps
  • Develop New Organizational Arrangements

After  reading it I have to admit that many of the conclusion are just as applicable anywhere else in the world.

Downloads

Links

Related

Posted in REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Tags: , , , , ,
ARTICLES and PAPERS
Supply Chain Risk Management - as seen from Space
Is it possible to reconcile supply chain vulnerability, risk and supply chain management with corpor[...]
Certain death: Not risky. Uncertain death: risky.
If you know for sure that things will go wrong, there really is no risk. If you don't know for sure [...]
Does product design impact supply chain risk?
Is it possible that supply chain risk is a result of unfortunate product design? Is it possible that[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
SME Risk Management
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up the majority of enterprises in most countries, and[...]
Book Review: Enterprise SCM
Have you ever played SimCity? I never liked Transport Tycoon that much, but I used to play SimCity a[...]
Risk Management in Maritime Transportation Networks
This week’s focus are risks in the maritime supply chain, and today's article introduces a new metho[...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Creating the resilient supply chain
This blog is about supply chain risk, business continuity and transport vulnerability, and while I h[...]
When disaster strikes...
...how does the transportation network recover? And why are transportation networks so essential to [...]
The supply chain of the future
A recent report by IBM, referenced by Supply Chain Digest in IBM Lays Out its Vision for the Supply [...]