14: Transportation

Transportation looks at the effects of climate changes for a range of transportation systems—land-based (passenger and freight), marine, and air transportation—analyzing possible direct and indirect effects on transportation infrastructure and to the economy, and describing the vulnerabilities and uncertainties that exist with respect to potential transportation system disruptions.


Niemeier, D. A., A. V. Goodchild, M. Rowell, J. L. Walker, J. Lin, and L. Schweitzer. 2013. “Transportation.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 297–311. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Reducing overall vehicle miles traveled (as by single occupancy vehicles) will reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions.
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