Assessment of Extreme Weather Events Under Changing Climate

Assessment of Extreme Weather Events Under Changing Climate on Transit Desert Communities 2017

Diane Jones Allen, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; Arne Winguth, Associate Professor in Oceanography (Graduate Research Assistants Niveditha Das Gangadhar, Josh Joshua A.Pulcinella, Gennadii Prykhodko)

Research funded by Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD)

This research under takes a vulnerability assessment will be made by combining storm surge and extreme rainfall projections with the Transit Deserts method that assesses geographic vulnerability, in regards to access to employment and other services that impact quality of life, and transit equity and access.

Thousands of residents had no means to evacuate from flooded areas in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina or in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, due to the lack of affordable and available transportation. Thus there is an urgent need to evaluate the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure and mass transit in relationship to climate change and extreme weather.

The project tasks include preliminary compilation of a transportation risk assessment map for the Houston metropolitan area by synthesizing the Transit Desert method (i.e.transportation, mass transit maps, transportation availability) with storm surge maps (including projected sea level rise), and the 100/500-year flood zone.