Climate Change Resilience
A significant aspect of managing and operating the transportation system is the ability for agencies to anticipate, prepare for, and continue operating in the event of a disruption, which could be short-term (such as traffic incidents, flooding, severe storms, terrorist act) or long-term (such as impacts from increasingly stronger storms, warming climate, and rising sea levels); this is referred to as resilience. Resilience is defined by FHWA Order 5520 as, “... the ability to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from disruptions.” BMC works with our partners to identify potential disruptions as well as actions that can be employed to increase the resilience of agencies and the transportation system components that they plan, operate, and maintain.
In May 2016, BMC hosted an Extreme Weather Forum that included presentations on trends of extreme weather in Maryland as well as related activities by local, state, and federal agencies. Presentations and resources from the event have been posted online.
Resilience Planning Activities:
After development of the Climate Change Resource Guide, the region undertook the next step to develop more detailed guidance and develop recommendations to institutionalize ongoing inter-jurisdictional coordination on climate resilience. The following documents were developed in February 2023:
In October 2021, the Climate Change Resource Guide was completed to provide a resource to local jurisdictions on adaptation options to consider as they plan, design, operate, and maintain their local infrastructure. The Guide includes an overview of projected changes to the climate, documentation of how the changing climate has already impacted them, adaptation options, and a Toolkit that makes the content of each chapter actionable for users. The project also included a summary presentation that can be used by any agency to inform them about the Guide.
The BRTB has two committees that directly address resilience-related issues and projects: