“Planning and designing for agile, resilient, and quality transportation infrastructure requires the development and implementation of processes and guidelines for a changing environment,” according to the Florida Department of Transportation. To address this, the agency has released Toward a Resilient Transportation System – a webinar that’s part of their Transportation Symposium 2020 Webinar Series.
FDOT’s research-focused webinar features presentations from three experts who distill tools, science, and how to deal with uncertainties in project implementation. Watch the webinar, and first, you’ll get a thorough outline of FDOT’s Resiliency Initiatives from Jennifer Carver, Statewide Community Planning Coordinator from FDOT’s Office of Policy Planning.
Next, Crystal Goodison, Associate Director and Associate Scholar from the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center, will take you through the history of the UF Geoplan’s resiliency work with FDOT. Crystal also demonstrates the features of the Sea Level Scenario’s GIS Sketch Planning Tool and provides a preview of upcoming projects from the center.
And Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera, Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center and Research Professor at Florida International University (affectionately known as Dr. Obey!), describes the need for a new paradigm for infrastructure design in a changing environment (coastal and interior regions), rising sea levels, changing rainfall extremes, and dealing with uncertainty by using adaptive pathways in project implementation.
We find the webinar’s overview of several Department initiatives and tools for incorporating resilience and sea-level rise into transportation planning and design to be exceptionally insightful and worth your time. You can watch it at the link below.