American Society of Civil Engineers


Anticipating Climate Change


by Brian J. McLaughlin, P.E., M.ASCE, (Senior Civil Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.), Scott D. Murrell, P.E., M.ASCE, (The Chief Civil Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.), and Susanne DesRoches, (The Sustainable Design Manager, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 81, No. 4, April 2011, pp. 50-55

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: When engineers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey assessed the possible effects of climate change on the region’s most critical transportation infrastructure, they made some surprising discoveries. In some cases, recent infrastructure upgrades that had been undertaken for other reasons conferred the unexpected benefit of increasing the infrastructure’s resilience; in other cases, additional actions will be required.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Climate change
Harbors
Infrastructure
New York
New Jersey

Image Credits:  Bloomberg Via Getty Images (pg 51),  Figure 1: C. Rosenzweig and W. Solecki, New York City Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change Adaption in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response," Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1196, (2010) (pg 51),  figure 2: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (pg 52),  figure 3: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (pg 53),  Photograph by Steve Kelley; AKA "Mudpig,  figure 4: New York City Mayor’s Office (pg 54),  figure 5: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (pg 55)