Case Studies

Climate Change Study Prepares Leaders for Risks

When climate change poses a real risk to our transportation systems, we’re more than ready to tackle such challenges with sound solutions.

Sep 2, 2016

In areas prone to high temperatures and flooding, climate change poses a real risk to transportation systems. Leaders lack the right tools and methods to evaluate their options for building resilience. That’s why we conducted a groundbreaking study for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) using Mobile, Alabama, as a model.

We developed and tested a process that could examine the transportation’s vulnerabilities and weaknesses for a citywide transportation system. We examined the effects of climate across six modes of transportation and five climate hazards, making this study the most thorough of its kind.

The findings, which were presented in a report to the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration, became a new resource for states and cities across the country.

As a result, at least 16 transportation agencies across the U.S. are now using our study’s tools, methods, and lessons as they take a proactive approach to evaluating their vulnerability to climate change — at a fraction of the cost of this study.

When our clients need help managing the risks of climate change, our team is there to come up with answers that work.

Our work occurred during Phase Two of a study examining climate change impacts along the central Gulf Coast. The Climate Change Business Journal specifically cited our risk-management tools when it gave ICF the 2014 Business Achievement Award for Climate Risk Information Technology.