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Adapting Vermont’s Transportation Infrastructure to the Future Impacts of Climate Change

Created: 7/24/2013 - Updated: 2/13/2019

Abstract

The purpose of this white paper is to provide an overview of climate related adaptation and resilience oriented efforts underway at the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). In recognition of the potentially negative consequences of climate change to well-being of Vermont, VTrans is in process of incorporating adaptive management, policies, and plans into every level of planning, design, operations, and maintenance.

The recommendations made in this report have ‘no-regrets’ in that they will increase the effectiveness of long-term decision making under any future climate scenario. Due to the uncertainties associated with long-term climate forecasts, it is not prudent to significantly change specific management practices, codes, and standards, and other policies based on these forecast. Rather, the Agency should focus on minimizing vulnerability to current weather norms while developing holistic analytical tools to enable planners, designers, and decision-makers to better adapt to future climate conditions.

Published On

Monday, August 13, 2012

Keywords

Region: 
Scale: 
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations