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Assessing Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure: Hampton Roads Virginia Pilot

University of Virginia - Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, Virginia Department of Transportation, University of Virginia - Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
Created: 12/22/2014 - Updated: 1/25/2019


This report describes how anticipated impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia were assessed via a decision model to help prioritize elements of the region’s long range strategic plan. This study is part of a larger effort by the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to understand the vulnerability of critical transportation infrastructure in several regions. The study of Hampton Roads region is significant in part because it is one of the most vulnerable to the projected impacts of sea level rise by virtue of its low-lying topography, large population, and the density of military installations including the largest naval base on the east coast of the US. The risks associated with climate change in Hampton Roads have been well documented in a number of existing reports and outreach efforts carried out by a variety of agencies and these results are highlighted herein.

Published On

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Climate Type: 
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Hampton Roads, Virginia - U.S. FHWA Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project

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In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected five pilot teams from across the country to test a climate change vulnerability assessment model.