Climate adaptation for road infrastructure in coastal New Hampshire
This project will further the mission of resilient seacoast communities by coupling nonstationary climate change and sea level rise information with pavement design and performance methods to inform vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning. The region's physical infrastructure is at increasing and critical risk from climate-driven stressors due to both ambient and periodic extremes in precipitation and temperature, as well as from sea level rise resulting in increased inundation and rising groundwater tables. Anticipated changes could change the frequency, duration and severity of road failures as well as the time and cost of reconstructing the pavement systems. Climate change and sea level rise pose challenges that have been broadly recognized by the road engineering community. However, due to significant knowledge and data barriers, relatively few infrastructure researchers or municipalities incorporate climate change impacts on roads into their work.
Daniel and her colleagues will conduct pavement assessments and evaluate different adaptation strategies to develop the data and tools needed to assess climate impacts on roadways, and will create and engage a N.H. Seacoast Transportation Climate Working Group to make the results readily useable by local municipal and state road agents and regional planners.
- "Pounding the Pavement: The road to longevity is paved with thicker asphalt"
UNH Today, July 10, 2019
- "UNH Research Finds Thicker Pavement is More Cost Effective Down the Road"
UNH Media Release, July 10, 2019
- "How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Infrastructure In N.H."
New Hampshire Public Radio, November 30, 2018
Featuring Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, who was lead author on the Transportation Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
- "NH Sea Grant-funded researchers identify roads under new threat from rising sea levels"
NOAA Sea Grant news, June 1, 2017
- "NHSG research: Seacoast roads under new threat from rising sea levels"
NH Sea Grant news, May 30, 2017