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Integrating Climate Change in Transportation and Land Use Scenario Planning: An Example from Central New Mexico

Benjamin K. Rasmussen, James Andrew, Erica Simmons, Alex Epstein, Paige Colton, and David Daddio
Created: 9/13/2018 - Updated: 7/19/2019


The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project, an Interagency Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change Initiative, utilized a scenario planning process to develop a multiagency transportation- and land use-focused development strategy for the Albuquerque region of New Mexico to achieve a reduction in future greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the potential impacts of climate change on the region. The outcomes of this scenario planning process informed and supported the region’s long-range transportation planning and other related efforts as well as the planning efforts of local, State, and Federal agencies. Project members collaborated to document steps and offer observations and recommendations that will inform future applications of the project’s methodology. This information is presented in this report, and the appendices provide supporting documentation. Lead project sponsor was the Federal Highway Administration, with co-sponsors the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.

Published On

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change