SPTC Seminar Series

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APRIL 18, 2017

Title: Climate and Transportation - What's the Big Deal?

Tuesday, April 18th, 3-4 PM
Rawls Engineering Practice Facility Room 200

Presenter: Esther Mullens

ABSTRACT: Extreme weather, such as heat waves, cold waves, heavy precipitation, and winter storms, is well known to impact transportation safety and state of good repair. The Southern Plains Transportation Center has made climate adaptive transportation a focus of their research activities, based on the understanding that adapting and mitigating the impacts of extreme conditions require coordinated and innovative solutions. Climate variability and change is associated with changes in the frequencies and/or intensities of adverse events. In some cases, these changes may be such that using only historical climate information in planning and design may no longer be sufficiently accounting for the potential range of extreme conditions that the transportation system is likely to encounter.

In this seminar, we will present some detailed climatological information for the South Central U.S, focusing in particular on central Oklahoma. A large suite of historical and future datasets was evaluated, based on observations and high-resolution climate model projections. Exert input was solicited in order to determine the relevant climate variables and thresholds. Our results support the potential for some substantial shifts in climate normals, and implications to the transportation sector will be discussed. In addition, we will identify initiatives and resources are currently in place to support the use of climate future information in infrastructure planning, and the challenges that remain to be overcome.

Seminar Archive

This archive includes all previous seminars, including PDF presentation files and photos.

4/6/2016 Career Opportunities and Leadership Development in Transportation Fields,  Dawn Sullivan, ODOT

4/6/2016 Field Investigation of Spread Slab Beam Bridge Systems and Development of Design Parameters, Mary Beth Hueste, TAMU

12/13/2015 Swelling Clays in Pavement Applications: Their Characterization and Stabilization using Geosynthetics, Jorge Zornberg, UT

11/16/2015 Modeling of Rutting Using the Unified Disturbed State Concept, Chandrakant Desai, University of Arizona

11/13/2015 Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, Atorod Azizinamini, FIU

3/12/2015 Fatigue Performance of Asphalt Pavements Containing RAS and RAP, Musharraf Zaman, Rouzbeh Ghabchi, Manik Barman, OU

12/04/2014 Evolution of AASHTO-based Bridge Design, John Kulicki, Modjeski and Masters, Inc.

7/28/2014  Innovative Road Construction in India, Braj Bhushan Pandey, Indian Institute of Technology

4/24/2014  Important Aspects of Chemical Stabilization of Fine-Grained Soils, Amy Cerato, Gerald Miller, OU

4/16/2014  Long Term Bridge Performance Program – An Update, Ali Maher, School of Engineering, Rutgers University

3/18/2014  Temperature Prediction Model of Flexible Pavement in Taiwan, Yu-Min Su, National Central University