Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States

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This document, part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan. Climate affects the design, construction, safety, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure and systems. The prospect of a changing climate raises critical questions regarding how alterations in temperature, precipitation, storm events, and other aspects of the climate could affect the nation's roads, airports, rail, transit systems, pipelines, ports, and waterways. Phase I of this regional assessment of climate change and its potential impacts on transportation systems addresses these questions for the region of the U.S. central Gulf Coast between Galveston, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. This region contains multimodal transportation infrastructure that is critical to regional and national transportation services. Historical trends and future climate scenarios were used to establish a context for examining the potential effects of climate change on all major transportation modes within the region. Climate changes anticipated during the next 50 to 100 years for the central Gulf Coast include warming temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and increased storm intensity. The warming of the oceans and decline of polar ice sheets is expected to accelerate the rate of sea level rise globally. The effects of sea level rise in most central Gulf Coast counties will be exacerbated by the sinking of the land surface, which is accounted for in this assessment. The significance of these climate factors for transportation systems was assessed.

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Creation Date: February 2008
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Wilbanks, Thomas J.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Coordinator

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Bhatt, Vatsal

Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Bilello, Daniel E.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Bull, Stanley R.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Ekmann, James

National Energy Technology Laboratory

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Horak, William C.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Huang, Y. Joe

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Mark D. Levine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Levine, Mark D.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Sale, Michael J.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Schmalzer, David K.

Argonne National Laboratory

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Scott, Michael J.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Place of Publication: Washington, DC, USA
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  • Creation: February 2008
Description:

This document, part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan. Climate affects the design, construction, safety, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure and systems. The prospect of a changing climate raises critical questions regarding how alterations in temperature, precipitation, storm events, and other aspects of the climate could affect the nation's roads, airports, rail, transit systems, pipelines, ports, and waterways. Phase I of this regional assessment of climate change and its potential impacts on transportation systems addresses these questions for the region of the U.S. central Gulf Coast between Galveston, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. This region contains multimodal transportation infrastructure that is critical to regional and national transportation services. Historical trends and future climate scenarios were used to establish a context for examining the potential effects of climate change on all major transportation modes within the region. Climate changes anticipated during the next 50 to 100 years for the central Gulf Coast include warming temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and increased storm intensity. The warming of the oceans and decline of polar ice sheets is expected to accelerate the rate of sea level rise globally. The effects of sea level rise in most central Gulf Coast counties will be exacerbated by the sinking of the land surface, which is accounted for in this assessment. The significance of these climate factors for transportation systems was assessed.

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Disclaimer: This document, part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan, was prepared in accordance with Section 515 of the The CCSP Interagency Committee relies on Department of Energy certifications regarding compliance with Section 515 and Department guidelines as the basis for determining that this product conforms with Section 515. For purposes of compliance with Section 515, this CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product is an "interpreted product" as that term is used in Department of Energy guidelines and is classified as "highly influential." This document does not express any regulatory policies of the United States or any of its agencies, or provide recommendations for regulatory action.

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iv, 84 p. : col. ill.

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Keyword(s): environmental change | infrastructure | climate change | climate variability | United States | energy | land cover change
Added Title: U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.5, February 2008
Series Title: Synthesis and Assessment Product
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