Elise Miller-Hooks

Objective Decision-Making Tools for Transportation Infrastructure Investments to Combat the Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Project 45

Many locations in the United States are under great threat from rising sea water levels and flooding due to climate change and related increased occurrence of extreme weather events. Consequently, road and rail transportation networks, commercial and private ports, and other public utilities may be temporarily or even permanently flooded. This research effort will develop optimization-based decision tools to facilitate decisions pertaining to infrastructure investments with a focus on freight movements in intermodal transport networks. Tools developed through this effort will aid governments and infrastructure owners and operators in effectively addressing the threats from potential sea level rise and significant, sustained flooding events that will arise more frequently with increased occurrence of extreme weather circumstances. Models and algorithms developed through this work will inform these entities on the optimal investment of limited funds across subsystems, specific system components, regions or proposed projects.

Award Period:
2014 - 2015
Source of Funding:
USDOT, National Transportation Center (NUTC), UMD
PI on this subaward, co-PI on NUTC
Total Award Amount:
$80,000 for subaward

Project 45


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030


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