Transportation Research Board Webinar on Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events and the Highway System

The Transportation Research Board has a upcoming Webinar on Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events and the Highway System on July 28, 2014 from 2pm-3:30pm EDT or 1pm-2:30pm CDT.

The webinar will cover the practitioners part of the TRB publication Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System.  You can download and review the document here.  It is well worth the time and effort to go through the 213 page PDF document.


This webinar will provide a brief overview of climate modeling and will introduce a diagnostic framework for conducting adaptation planning for transportation. Webinar presenters will discuss potential impacts of different climate stressors, the potential impacts of climate change on maintenance and operations, and the types of strategies available to planners and engineers.

Webinar Presenters

  • Michael Meyer, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Michael Flood, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Jake Keller, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Moderated by: Ed Harrigan, Transportation Research Board

Webinar Outline

  • PART 1: Overview of the climate adaptation planning process and expected impacts
  • PART 2: Modeling and data issues
  • PART 3: Climate adaptation and facility design
  • PART 4: Summary
  • PART 5: Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major steps in adaptation planning;
  • Summarize the different types of impact that transportation officials might be facing from climate-induced changes;
  • Discuss how climate models work and how they interact with more traditional transportation models and analysis tools; and
  • Identify the possible implications of climate change on facility design and system operations/management.

About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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