The South Center Climate Science Center, located on the University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus, is the recipient of the Read More »
Each of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) receives guidance from a regional Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). These committees… Read More »
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department of the Interior’s regional Climate… Read More »
Extreme weather conditions produce substantial strain on numerous facets of the transportation system, with impacts on infrastructure, maintenance and safety. A majority of the states in the US Department of Transportation Region 6 rank among the highest in the nation for the number of federal disaster declarations resulting from severe weather and climate extremes. Also, the diversity of topographic and climatic variations in this region produces thermal and moisture variability that challenge the longevity of existing infrastructure.
As a result, the Southern Plains Transportation Center has identified the area of “climate-adaptive surface transportation” as a research priority. To aid in this endeavor, the South Central Climate Science Center is working to develop regionally specific and spatially extensive datasets that substantially expand climatologies of multiple weather hazards. Furthermore, this data will be used to check, validate and optimize future projections of climate models for the region. This ongoing study will benefit transportation research and operations, ranging from traffic safety and risk to infrastructure sensitivities, as well as present future climatic extremes and their trends. The present work is especially focused on icy precipitation, freeze-thaw cycles, temperature extremes and precipitation variability.Read Full Article »
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