An Interagency Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change Initiative
Planning for a rapidly growing region like Central New Mexico in an arid climate means addressing challenges of congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, and water scarcity exacerbated by climate change. With funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a group of federal agencies and the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), located in Albuquerque, NM, is embarking on a project to help the region address these intertwined challenges using scenario planning. This project builds off of and complements an earlier scenario planning and climate change pilot in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The one-pager below summarizes the project.
Anticipated Timeline and Products
The project launched in July 2013 after the selection of the Albuquerque region from a pool of several applicants. The project is anticipated to be completed by December 2014. Working with its partners, Volpe will develop several products, including the following:
- Climate change futures for the region.
- Integration Plans for MRCOG, BLM, and FWS on how to best incorporate the project results and final scenario into project proposals and short- and long-range plans.
- Guidebook that describes the phases of the project as well as challenges encountered and lessons learned throughout the course of the project. The focus of the guidebook will be on the steps another region of the country should follow if they choose to initiate a climate change scenario planning process.
If you are interested in pursuing a process similar to that which this project and the Cape Cod Pilot Project employed, please contact the project manager (see right column).
Volpe has worked with FWS to create case studies documenting their collaboration with regional partners and how their work at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge will help the region prepare for the impacts of climate change.