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The Infrastructure & Climate Network (ICNet) is a network of over 50 academics, students, and practitioners who are dedicated to accelerating climate science and engineering research in the Northeastern United States. ICNet focuses on climate change and sea level rise impacts and adaptation for sustainable bridges, roads, and transportation networks.  ICNet was established in October 2012 with support from the National Science Foundation.

ICNet Spring 2015 Webinars

ICNet's Webinar Series continues this spring with presentations on Infrastructure and Climate Change.
Bridge design, dynamic downscaling for civil engineers, climate change and resiliency are topics covered in the spring series.

Tuesday April 21, 2:00- 3:00 ET
Planning for Systems Management and Operations as Part of Climate Change Adaptation

As all levels of government become aware of both the increased frequency and severity of natural or weather events, adaptive operational strategies may help to serve as the valuable, necessary response as other, more long-term responses are being developed and implemented. State DOTs play a key role in adopting operational strategies and can help in the facilitation and consideration of appropriate near-term operational approaches and long-term planning processes to “adapt” to the changes in the transportation network resulting from global warming, and to minimize the potential impacts on the transportation system from climatic changes, either through decreasing the system’s vulnerability, increasing its resilience, or some combination. In the future, preparedness for climate change is very likely to include building in redundancy for storm surges to be prepared for evacuations.

In the fall of 2012, the FHWA’s Office of Operations produced the paper, “Planning for Systems Management & Operations as part of Climate Change Adaptation.” One of the gaps in the currently available literature and guidance is an assessment of how systems operations and maintenance adapt to climate change. The challenges posed by climate change to infrastructure design and long-term land-use planning are more easily described than how an agency needs to adapt their day to day operations strategy given the varied nature of evolving climate and travelers’ responses to changing climate. The presentation would address the “services and operations” portion of the USDOT policy statement, highlighting potential issues, challenges, and approaches for State DOTs and local operating agencies to consider under shifting climate-related conditions. The scope of operations of the presentation is limited to surface transportation activities and does not include air or water-borne transportation.

Laurel J. Radow joined the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 1996. As a member of the FHWA Office of Operation’s Traffic Incident and Events Management Team, Ms. Radow manages the agency’s Evacuations/Emergencies and Planned Special Events programs. Current Traffic Incident Management (TIM) responsibilities include managing the TIM Gap Analysis, the development of the TIM Virtual Public Outreach Toolkit, current and future tasks that address climate change, operations and emergency management; and public safety broadband (700 MHz). Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Ms. Radow served as the FHWA Emergency Coordinator (EC) and was responsible for working with the FHWA ECs in each of the states to ensure that the emergency transportation plans that are developed are all-hazard and include response/recovery.

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