Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, a Professor from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering here at UNH, to give a talk titled, "Coastal Infrastructure Impacts from Sea Level Rise Induced High Tide Flooding and Groundwater Rise."
Transportation adds nearly $500 billion to U.S. economy by moving goods and services, connecting people to work and play, and supporting relief services during disasters. Climate change is already impacting our aging transportation infrastructure’s performance via disastrous failures during extreme events and escalating operations and maintenance costs due to accelerated deterioration. While the vulnerability of coastal road infrastructure to surface-water inundation and storm surge effects from sea-level rise (SLR) is well understood, these impacts are only part of the SLR challenge to infrastructure. This seminar will discuss recent research documenting infrastructure impacts from increasing high tide flooding that increase the frequency that coastal communities’ roads are impassable or difficult to pass and rising groundwater which extends the impacts three to four times farther inland than previously mapped for surface- water effects.