Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Transportation

Access Federal Highway Administration tools and publications for improving resilience to extreme weather events and future environmental conditions.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA's) offers several resources for assessing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure. 

  • CMIP Climate Data Processing Tool: Process downscaled climate projections into relevant statistics for transportation planners, including changes in the frequency of very hot days and extreme precipitation events that may affect transportation infrastructure and services by the middle and end of the century.
  • Sensitivity Matrix: Document the sensitivity of roads, bridges, airports, ports, pipelines, and rail to 11 climate impacts.
  • Guide to Assessing Criticality in Transportation Adaptation Planning: Learn about common challenges associated with assessing criticality, options for defining criticality and identifying scope, and the process of applying criteria and ranking assets.
  • Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool: Conduct a quantitative, indicator-based vulnerability screen. Intended for agencies assessing how components of their transportation system may be vulnerable to climate stressors.

Each tool offers links to an informational webinar to help new users apply the tool in their area of responsiblity. 

Last modified
2 August 2019 - 3:30pm