Climate Adaptation Planning
The geographically and climatologically diverse Sacramento region faces a range of climate-related threats. Increasing extreme heat poses maintenance and operational issues for roadways, bridges and railways, particularly in the lower lying portions of the region. Wildfires and landslides present risks to the transportation system in the higher elevation areas. Higher extreme and average precipitation levels and changing snowmelt patterns could increase flooding and erosion on roadways in both the more mountainous areas and in downstream drainage basins. Sea level rise and storm surge pose risks to the Delta communities and transportation system serving them.
The region’s communities vary in size, demographics, and capacity to address climate threats. Through climate adaptation planning work, SACOG aims to help its members navigate these risks and establish a more resilient transportation network.
More information on Adaptation Planning Projects:
The 2015 Sacramento Region Transportation Climate Adaptation Plan examined climate stressors in the region, their impacts on transportation infrastructure, and policies and strategies to address these impacts.
The 2020 Vulnerability and Criticality Assessment is establishes a better understanding of extreme weather and climate change threats to the region’s transportation system.
Project-Level Climate Adaptation Strategies for Transportation in the SACOG Region examines adaptation options for dealing with these threats and guide transportation practitioners how to assess these options and implement them effectively.