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476660-00010-1 Report Abstract

Bush School Capstone Course Support: The Regional Impact of Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure and Decision Making

Eric Lindquist, Texas A&M University, September 2009, 64 pp. (476660-00010-1)

The Master of Public Service and Administration program at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service requires that all second year graduate students participate in a two semester Capstone course. These courses represent the practical culmination of the degree program and are based on a real world research experience. For the 2008-09 school year, one of these Capstone efforts focused on the significant impact climate change will have on infrastructure and decision making in the Houston-Galveston area. Attention has recently shifted from the impact of transportation on climate to a focus on adaptation to potential climate stressors of sea level rise, increased frequency and magnitude of storms and severe weather events, and changes in precipitation and temperature. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) recognized this situation and agreed to support a Capstone class and project focusing on these issues. The Capstone report is included in this SWUTC report as Appendix A.


Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change and Transportation, Climate Change and Houston, TX

ENTIRE REPORT (Adobe Acrobat File – 1.5 MB)