Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Strategies into New York State Department of Transportation’s Operations: Final Report

David C. Major, Ph. D., Rae Zimmerman, Ph.D., John Falcocchio, Ph.D., Klaus Jacob, Ph.D., Radley Horton, Ph.D., Megan O’Grady, Joseph Gilbride, and Taylor Tomczyszyn
Posted on: 11/23/2016 - Updated on: 2/28/2020

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Jose Gonzalez



This study identifies climate change adaptation strategies and recommends ways of mainstreaming them into planned actions, including legislation, policies, programs and projects in all areas and at all levels within the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). In accomplishing its goal, the study team relied on: a literature review; discussions with key NYSDOT personnel based on a Climate Risk Information Summary worksheet; information from other ongoing and completed projects in climate change adaptation, especially those in the New York region; and advice and guidance from the NYSDOT‘s Technical Working Group and Columbia‘s Advisory Working Group for the project. The results of the project are presented (following the Introduction) in terms of: the current understanding of climate change science and climate futures for New York State; climate change impacts and vulnerabilities to transportation in NYS; adaptation strategies and best practices; potential adaptation strategies for mainstreaming climate change into the NYSDOT‘s operations and investment, including the detailed results of climate risk management discussions with personnel from 2 Divisions, 12 Offices, and 1 Region; and a communications and technology transfer plan.


Document Type
Adaptation Phase
Target Climate Changes and Impacts