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Transportation Impacts in Managing Retreat from High-Risk Areas
March 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
The Transportation Research Board will host a webinar on Transportation Impacts in Managing Retreat from High-Risk Areas on March 4, 2021.
With the increase in occurrence and severity of disasters including wild fires, flooding, heat waves, and hurricanes, managed retreat has gained the attention of risk managers and public officials in high-hazard areas. What social and economic changes will affect the community or region where the relocated infrastructure, housing, and people move?
What social and economic changes will affect the community or region where the relocated infrastructure, housing, and people move? TRB in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Policy and Global Affairs division will host a webinar on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern that will explore how extreme weather and climate change affect managed retreats. Presenters will discuss how coordinating land use to move people and structures away from risk is becoming a more viable option to enhance transportation and community resilience. Managed retreat involves a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) buy-out program for homeowners, as well as potential relocation of highways, rails, power, water and other critical infrastructure that would otherwise be in harm’s way.
Webinar agenda and presenters
- Introductions: Heather Holsinger, Federal Highway Administration
- Overview of managed retreat: Mark Abkowitz, Vanderbilt University
- Current state-of-the practice in managed retreat and its impacts on the transportation sector: Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation
- Coordinating Cross-Sector Retreat and Relocation to Improve Resilience: Sandra Knight, University of Maryland
- Tools and best practices for considering transportation and other components of a managed retreat strategy: Annie Bennett and Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center
- Question and answer session: Moderated by Heather Holsinger, Federal Highway Administration
This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committees on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation, and Accessible Transportation and Mobility.