Coastal regions across the United States are beset with increasing flood hazards arising from stronger and more frequent storms, sea-level rise, tidal fluctuations, and the compounding effects when these natural and climate-driven hazards coincide. A team of UGA experts led by Dr. Matthew Bilskie and Lina Cardenas Caro, working through the UGA Defense Community Resilience Program, are developing a new rapid risk assessment methodology that can be used to better understand the flood risks to transportation infrastructure, taking into account social vulnerabilities of the local population. The methodology is designed to produce maps that clearly depict geographic areas and specific roadways that deserve transportation planners’ attention.

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