California Department of Transportation

Climate Change Research

Climate Change

Research is being performed to identify strategies to protect roadside infrastructure from the effects of climate change.

Roadside Management Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Preliminary Investigation, 2010

This preliminary investigation aims to identify literature that quantifies the economic and environmental value of carbon sequestering provided by trees and other vegetation in the highway right-of-way, and also identify strategies that will increase the amount of carbon sequestered.

Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion, Preliminary Investigation, 2010

As climate change alters precipitation patterns, transportation departments will likely experience an increasing rate of slope failures. This preliminary investigation aims to identify innovative strategies to reduce the risk of roadside slope erosion due to less frequent but more intense rain events.