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      July 17, 2013

      Wednesday   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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      Transportation vs. Rising Seas

      In recent months, the Bay Area Council Water Committee has held meetings to understand how rising seas will threaten Bay Area residents and businesses and what types of projects and costs are necessary to build resilience to climate change.  With the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure serving as a cornerstone to our region’s mobility and economy, we cannot wait until it’s too late to protect our region from climate change impacts and extreme weather events.

      Please join us for a discussion co-hosted by the Bay Area Council’s Water and Transportation Committees on how the region can adapt our transportation assets and activities to provide transportation system resiliency in the face of changing environmental conditions.  Topics will include the upcoming release of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Climate Adaptation Practitioner’s Guide, regional climate adaptation efforts including an update on the Bay Area Council’s proposed regional study on the economic impacts of climate change on the nine-county Bay Area, and strategies for moving forward.

      About the Climate Adaptation Practitioner’s Guide and Primary Author:

      Projected climate and weather changes will have important implications for the long-term safety and functionality of the transportation system. This Guide was developed under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), a program administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and sponsored by the member departments of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  The intent of the Guide is to help transportation professionals understand the changes in climate that may affect the future (and in the case of extreme weather events, the current) transportation system and how one can adapt assets and activities to provide transportation system resiliency in the face of changing environmental conditions.

      Dr. Michael Meyer is a Senior Advisor for Parsons Brinckerhoff.  Over his career he has been a professor at MIT and Georgia Tech, and director of planning and development for Massachusetts. He has written over 200 papers and 28 books and book chapters.  Over the past five years, Dr. Meyer has been principal investigator on several projects relating to climate change and transportation system adaptation.   

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