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Adaptation Planning at ODOT. ODOT’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report and Future Planning. Liz Hormann Sustainability Planner Oregon Global Warming Commission June 29, 2012. Mitigation Versus Adaptation. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Adaptation Planning at ODOTODOTs Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Report and Future Planning Liz Hormann Sustainability PlannerOregon Global Warming CommissionJune 29, 2012

  • Mitigation Versus AdaptationMitigation is any action taken to eliminate or reduce the long-term risk and hazards of climate change. - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    Adaptation is adjustment in natural or human systems to a new or changing environment caused by climate change. - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    Adapting is taking practical steps to protect communities from the likely disruption and damage that will result from effects of climate change. - United Nations Convention on Climate Change Secretariat

  • Three Related Efforts Regarding Adaptation in Oregon:Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR)

    Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework

    ODOTs Adaptation Efforts

  • Development of the Strategy Research:Climate ScienceBest Adaptation PracticesODOT internal interviews Consultation and input:ODOT Climate Change Technical Advisory CommitteeSubject matter experts within ODOT

    KEY Message: Climate change will impact all aspects of the agency, therefore adaptation will require all ODOT staff to work together.

  • Precipitation, Flooding, Landslides Climate ImpactsSummer precipitation decrease by 5-15%Winter precipitation increase by 15-30% Increase in extreme daily precipitation events What it Means for ODOTFlooded and washed-out roadwaysBridge scourLandslides Traffic delays - safetyLarge financial cost

  • Wildfire RiskClimate ImpactExpected increase in wildfire activity in all major forest typesRegion forest area burned is estimated to increase between 180 and 300% What it Means for ODOTRoad closuresErosion issues along road slopesExtreme heat impactsDriver safety issues (smoke)

  • Adaptive Capacity The general ability of institutions, systems, and individuals to adjust to potential damage from climate change, to take advantage of opportunities, or to cope with the consequences. IPCC, 2007Examples of ODOTs Existing Capacity Fish Passage RegulationAlerts and WarningsPavement Technologies

  • Where can adaptation fit into existing programs? Emergency ResponseTsunami PlanningOregon Emergency Management (OEM)Design StandardsEarthquake StandardsAdditional Safety FactorsAsset Management Inform vulnerability and risk assessments

  • Climate Science and ProjectionsIn OregonInventory ofODOT AssetsAnalyze VulnerabilityOf ODOTsAssets &OperationsAssess IntegratedRisk of Climate Change forODOT

    ODOT Adaptation PlanIdentify,Prioritize,ImplementAdaptationOptions forODOTODOT Adaptation Planning Framework ODOTInterim Adaptation StrategyEvaluate, Monitor, Reassess

  • Next Steps: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Where are we most vulnerable? How can we aid future decision-making? Phase I Statewide Assessment Phase II in-depth assessment of high vulnerable areas

  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessments

  • Questions?Liz HormannSustainability PlannerOregon Department of TransportationSustainability ProgramPhone: (503) 986-4184Email:

    It is ODOTs mission to provide a safe and efficient transportation system, however the impacts and variability of climate change threaten the agencys ability to fulfill that mission. */36OCAR and the Framework were both released in 2010.Consistent with what is in the OCAR report, but these are the impacts that will most effect ODOTs assets and systems operations. The organizational structure for the Interim Adaptation Report.

    Ill give a few examples of the impacts and how they effect ODOTs assets and operations.

    None of these impacts are unique to climate change, in fact in Oregon and at ODOT we are experiencing these types of impacts on a regular basis, but what happens if these impacts or events increase in magnitude or frequency? Are we prepared? Can we handle that in this time of limited resources? The fact is, we are having trouble just dealing with these impacts now, look at our Unstable Slopes Programtherefore this adaptation planning isnt just about abstract future events, it is about preparing and adapting to impacts we are already seeing and dealing with today.

    Altered slopes are more vulnerable to debris flows and landslidesIncreases in precipitation will most likely lead to more landslides and rockfallsWe must figure out a way to use our existing resources efficiently and effectively, so highlighting the areas of existing adaptive capacity show ODOT some areas where co-benefits of operation and adaptation planning can occur.

    Fish Passage build in capacity to accommodate greater water flows.

    Modern Bridge Design longer bridge spans have capacity to accommodate greater water flows.

    Alerts and Warnings monitor conditions and send alert on potentially hazardous conditions.

    Pavement Technologies current variable climates in Oregon, shift technologies.

    Linking adaptation planning with existing programs like asset management and emergency response will allow ODOT to manage its resources efficiently and effectively, additionally this demonstrates that adaptation does not need to be a separate program, and in fact will be much more effective if we can link it with existing practices, it becomes a piece of what we consider, not all of what we consider.

    Integrate adaptation into ODOTs business practice and capitalize on existing programs there are other current programs that adaptation planning could/would easily be integrated into, how can we work to do this?

    While some climate change adaptation strategies are new, many are simply extensions or modifications of existing programs and efforts to practice good environmental stewardship, protect public health, and preserve public safety. Next steps: Complete internal review presentations to leadership teams and internal comments, because again it will take all of ODOT to successfully and efficiently adapt, so we need the entire agency to provide input to make this strategy. Begin work on vulnerability and risk assessments asset inventories and other steps, this will help ODOT begin to identify and prioritize strategies and actionsBegin external communication and outreach work with regulatory partners and external stakeholders on adaptation, education for the public on adaptation and what ODOT is doing for adaptation. Adaptation Plan in the long-term the ultimate goal is to develop an ODOT Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which will guide the agencys planning, project development, maintenance and operations, and emergency response teams in preparing the transportation system for the impacts of climate change.

    Conducting vulnerability and risk assessments of the ODOT controlled assets and systems operations is the first major step for adaptation planning. There are a number of ways these assessments may be performed, however, FHWA created a conceptual Risk Assessment Model, to help transportation decision makers identify which assets mare most exposed or vulnerable to the threats from climate change.

    An integrated risk assessment will jointly consider the likelihood that an asset will experience a particular climate impact, and the consequence of that impact on the surrounding region and community. This can include health and safety, economic, environmental, and cultural impacts. Understanding where the transportation system is vulnerable and at the highest risk to climate change will help ODOT prioritize the appropriate adaptation strategies and actions. */36As you can see Sustainability reaches across everything this agency does, and will continue to become even more integrated into the way we do business as we continue implementing aspects of Volume II and move forward to Volume III and addressing a Sustainable Transportation System.


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