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Assessment and Mitigation of Hydrometeorological Impacts on Surface Transportation I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Climate Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Transportation Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 9
Organizers: Alan Black, Curtis Walker
Chairs: Curtis Walker


In 2010, the World Health Organization declared 2011–2020 the “Decade of Action for Road Safety” in response to the enormous toll that roadway crashes take on individuals, communities, and national economies. Over 6.2 million vehicle crashes occurred in the United States in 2015, resulting in around 2.4 million injuries and over 32,000 fatalities. Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2015 had an economic cost of $836 billion, equal to nearly 5% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Of these crashes, approximately 21% each year are attributable to weather conditions resulting in over 5,300 fatalities and 418,000 injuries.
This session is focused on the impacts of weather and climate hazards on the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of surface transportation networks and infrastructure. Broadly speaking, we seek to address these three research priorities. First, how does inclement weather affect surface transportation? Second, how might these impacts evolve, and what new impacts are anticipated as a result of climate change? Finally, what solutions are being implemented to mitigate these hazards?

Topics for this session include but are not limited to:
• Assessment of vehicle safety and crash rates in different types of weather
• Examination of railroad industry sensitivity and exposure to weather
• Climate change impacts on surface transportation operation and infrastructure
• Artificial intelligence, connected, and automated vehicle applications
• Transportation, weather, and climate from an international perspective

If you are interested in participating in this session, please send your title, author names and affiliations, and abstract to Alan Black ( or Curtis Walker ( as soon as possible. Authors of accepted submissions will be contacted shortly thereafter and expected to register and submit their abstract to the AAG by the submission deadline, currently October 30, 2019.

This is the first of two sessions organized on this topic.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Montana Eck*, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spatiotemporal Patterns of Car Crashes Related to Inclement Weather in Rural North Carolina 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Silvana Croope*, Alabama Transportation Policy Research Center, Eric Berman, DS2A, Francisco Dourado, State University of Rion de Janeiro, Xiaoyan Hong, The University of Alabama, Landslide Hydrometeorological Events Caused or Augmented by Built Transportation Infrastructure 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Louvere Walker-Hannon*, MathWorks, Curtis L Walker, NCAR, Natural Language Processing to Associate National Weather Service Products to Winter-Related Transportation Incidents 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Amanda Siems-Anderson*, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Gerry Wiener, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Seth Linden, National Center for Atmospheric Research, William Petzke, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Thomas Brummet, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Nhi Nguyen, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Padhrig McCarthy, National Center for Atmospheric Research, The Pikalert(R) System 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Curtis Louis Walker*, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Sue Ellen Haupt, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Tyler McCandless, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Amanda Siems-Anderson, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Machine Learning to Predict Vehicular Crash Severity from Weather Conditions 15 9:00 AM

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