This seminar will examine recent efforts at planning for potential climate change impacts on the nation’s transportation system. The analysis frameworks for doing such planning will be discussed, as well as some of the political aspects of working in a “denial” environment. Examples will be presented of adaptation planning around the United States, including a study being conducted for the Massachusetts DOT. Research and studies on how climate change could affect transportation planning, engineering design and land use will be explored in the talk. The presentation will end with some thoughts on the future of climate change and transportation adaptation planning in the Trump Era.
Michael D. Meyer, Ph.D. P.E.
Dr. Michael D. Meyer is a principal and founder of Modern Transport Solutions, LLC, Senior Advisor to WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff and former Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Georgia Transportation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1983 to 1988, Dr. Meyer was Director of Transportation Planning and Development for Massachusetts where he was responsible for statewide planning, project development, traffic engineering, and transportation research. Prior to this, he was a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at M.I.T.
Dr. Meyer has written over 300 technical articles and has authored or co-authored 28 texts on transportation planning and policy, including a college textbook for McGraw Hill entitled Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision Oriented Approach. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations, and has chaired committees relating to transportation planning, public transportation, environmental impact analysis, transportation policy, transportation education, and intermodal freight transportation. He has directed over $50 million in transportation research and consulting studies.
Dr. Meyer has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Carey Award from the Transportation Research Board, 2006 ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award; the 2000 Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of transportation engineering; the 1995 Pyke Johnson Award of the Transportation Research Board for best paper in planning and administration delivered at the TRB Annual Meeting; and the 1988 Harland Bartholomew Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers for contribution to the enhancement of the role of the civil engineer in urban planning and development. In 2006, he was Chairman of Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board.
Dr. Meyer has a Ph.D. from MIT, an M.S. from Northwestern University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in civil engineering.