Identification and Assessment of Physical Transportation Infrastructure Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

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Identification and Assessment of Physical Transportation Infrastructure Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

March 6, 2021 Science and Technology 0

The aim of this study was to create a methodology for evaluating the possible impacts of sea level rise (SLR) on Florida’s state transportation system in order to help the state prepare for the future. Because of its coastal proximity and low elevation, Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to climate change due to thermal expansion of the ocean and melting ice caps, all of which result in rising ocean levels. The proposed approach combines the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) information system, satellite imagery, local roadway and hydrologic data with existing topographical and geographical data to generate SLR projections that will help with I evaluating current and projected SLR impacts on transportation infrastructure along Florida’s coastline and low-lying terrain areas, and ii) evaluating current and projected SLR impacts on transportation infrastructure along Florida’s coastline and low-lying terrain areas. The technique was tested using a detailed case study in Dania Beach, Florida, and a comparable example in Punta Gorda, Florida. Further study was carried out in order to establish a preliminary assessment of the effect of groundwater levels as a contributing factor to sea level rise. Storm surge with SLR is a more complex area to investigate in the future. As more data becomes accessible, it is critical to integrate adaptive management processes into the planning process. For planning purposes, estimates of how much these adaptive processes would cost were included. Priorities and sequence are local problems that need input from the local community.

Author (s) Details

Frederick Bloetscher
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, FL, USA.

Thomas Romah
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, FL, USA.

Leonard Berry
Florida Center for Environmental Studies, retired Director FAU, Climate Change Initiative, Florida Atlantic University, FL, USA.

Nicole Hernandez Hammer
Climate Change Initiative, formerly, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, FL, USA.

Maria Abadal Cahill
Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Policy Planning, FL, USA.

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