Climate change is of critical importance to the future of transportation in California. It is obvious that climate and weather have large potential impacts on transportation systems. In addition, decisions about transportation infrastructure arevery long-lived; bridges, for instance, can last for more than one hundredyears. These two facts illustrate the importance of integrating adaptation into transportation planning processes. This chapter discusses two of the most important climate impacts on transportation systems—sea-level rise and changes in storm frequency and intensity—and shows how addressing these two impacts will require proactive, well-functioning planning across a large and diverse network of agencies.
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