THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Transportation Research Board
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Committee on Climate Change and U.S. Transportation
Friday, March 7, 2008
B-370A Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:15 p.m.
430 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.
243 Longworth House Office Bldg. – 4:30 p.m.
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation: Special Report 290
This report explores the consequences of climate change for U.S. transportation infrastructure and operations. It provides an overview of the scientific consensus on the current and future climate changes of particular relevance to U.S. transportation, including the limits of present scientific understanding as to their precise timing, magnitude, and geographic location; it identifies potential impacts on U.S. transportation and adaptation options; and it offers recommendations for both research and actions that can be taken to prepare for climate change. The report also summarizes previous work on strategies for reducing transportation-related emissions of carbon dioxide—the primary greenhouse gas—that contribute to climate change.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 11, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies.