IMAGe Brown Bag Seminar - Transportation and Climate Impacts

05/18/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
ML - Chapman Room

Transportation and Climate Impacts

Jennifer Jacobs

University of New Hampshire

Transportation adds nearly $500 billion to U.S. economy by moving goods and services, connecting people to work and play, and supporting relief services during disasters. Climate change is already impacting our aging transportation infrastructure’s performance via disastrous failures during extreme events and escalating operations and maintenance costs due to accelerated deterioration. This Brown Bag lunch will speak to the transportation sector’s current state of knowledge about climate risk and adaptation including the motivation for the recent, rapid increase in practitioners and researchers’ capacity and lessons learned about system’s ability to perform reliably, safely, and efficiently in the current and changing climate.

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jacobs is the Co-Director of the UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate (UCIRC) and the Director of the NSF funded Research Coordination Network: The Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet). She is also the Lead Author for the Transportation Sector Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment. She is a visiting scientist with NCAR’s MMM Capacity Center for Climate & Weather Extremes and collaborating with the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences.

(Bring your lunch)