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Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change

Friday, September 20, 2013

Volpe's newest speaker series, "Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change," will feature thought leaders and Volpe experts in one-of-a-kind dialogs that are open to the transportation community and the public at-large.

Transportation infrastructure is confronted with significant challenges ranging from its age, to a growing population at high-density coastal urban areas, to the escalating threats of our changing climate.

Recently, Volpe hosted a roundtable to explore resiliency in the context of challenges facing the nation's transportation system. Participating experts agreed that resiliency requires a change in focus from near-perfect efficiency to planned redundancy, flexibility, fault-tolerance, and resourcefulness. A resilient transportation infrastructure will be able to function in the face of threats, and will be able to absorb shocks and adapt to changing conditions.

Volpe's new series builds on the recent roundtable and continues our tradition of bringing together thought leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders around the world to discuss future transportation issues and to generate fresh approaches to emerging issues.

Volpe's first dialog in the series, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, will host Steve Winkelman, director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs at the Center for Clean Air Policy. Winkelman's talk is titled "Can We Get There from Here? Transportation and Climate Adaptation: Prospects for the Future."

Gregory D. Winfree, Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, will launch this exciting new series.

October 8, 2013

Steve Winkelman
Director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs, Center for Clean Air Policy

November 19, 2013
Dr. Klaus H. Jacob
Special Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University
December 4, 2013
Susanne E. DesRoches, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Chief, Resilience and Sustainability
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
December 17, 2013
Gregg Fleming
Director, Center for Environmental and Energy Systems
U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe
February 25, 2014
Dr. Kerry Emanuel
Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
March 11, 2014
William Lyons
Principal Technical Advisor in Transportation Planning
U.S. Department of Transportation
April 10, 2014
Dr. Jerry Melillo
Distinguished Scientist and Director Emeritus
The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

For more information about this speaker series, contact Ellen Bell, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation or download our one-page flyer.

Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change