Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study, Phase 1 [open pdf - 10MB]
This document is a U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) study on the potential impacts of climate changes and land subsidence, the natural sinking of an area's land mass, on transportation infrastructure in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. The release is phase one of a three part study. The study provides an assessment of the vulnerabilities of transportation systems in the region to potential changes in weather patterns and related impacts, as well as the effect of natural land subsidence and other environmental factors in the region. The area examined by the study includes 48 contiguous counties in four states, running from Galveston, TX to Mobile, AL. Based on 21 simulation models and a range of emissions scenarios, the study found that potential changes in climate over the next 50 to100 years could disrupt transportation services in the region.
U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.7
U.S. Climate Change Science Program: http://www.climatescience.gov/