How will we address uncertainty related to climate change impacts (esp cumulative impacts) in environmental impact analysis, planning, policy, etc.?
Linking Energy and Environmental Modeling to Energy Efficiency Decisionmaking Across States, Regions, Projects
How can energy and environmental modeling be linked to support decisionmaking aimed at energy efficiency for different scales, state plans, MPO plans, and project alternative analysis?
What strategies including incentives and reducing VMT could be explored to build local economies (goods/services) to reduce VMT, increase livability measures and minimize energy use?
Communicating Messages on Climate Change and Energy to Decision-Makers, Transportation Practitioners, System Users
What messages on climate change and energy are most effective with what audiences: decision-makers, transportation practitioners, system users? How can we communicate effects, provide options/incentives, policies (i.e., pricing)?
Effects of High Levels of Erosion Control: Mulch & Polyacrylamides (PAM) Use Over Bare Soil Not Actively Worked for 3 Days
Cost of this vs. ditch and basin treatments, maintenance.
Alternative Basin Designs for Small Bridge Projects and Other Environmentally Sensitive Areas (that would typically require 1.5-inch skimmers with small orifices)
Select several of these small bridges that are being let and re-design, install and monitor the discharge from the standard skimmer basin (x2) vs. a solid dam with a weir…
More than 25 amphibians and reptiles are listed as threatened or endangered in California. Highways pose movement barriers for many these species. As California’s human population increases and climate changes…
Development of a biofuels industry to meet the Federal mandates for 36 billion gallons of biofuels by the year 2022 will translate into greater harvest of biomass for energy purposes…
Analyze the accuracy of traffic forecasting over time, data that was used in environmental analysis/studies. For example, a 1980 traffic study for a particular project looked at the traffic numbers…
Validity Testing of Existing Ditch Use as a Linear Basin to Avoid Temporary Right-Of-Way Acquisitions
For small projects (paving projects), or even highway.