Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database, Transportation Research Board. This is the largest online bibliographic database of transportation research, including more than 650,000 records of published research covering all modes and disciplines of transportation, including research related to climate change. TRIS is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies with sponsorship by state Departments of Transportation and the administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other sponsors of TRB’s core technical activities.
AERIS Assesses Tools and Models; Data, Calibration Still Needed, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (Oct. 5, 2011). The Applications for the Environment Real-time Information Synthesis (AERIS) program, which supports research to acquire and use real-time transportation data to facilitate “green” transportation choices, has issued an assessment of existing data and technology to use in modeling driver behavior, traffic patterns, and motor vehicle emissions. Existing tools and models are available but would require additional data and calibration tests against real-world experience. In addition, models selected by AERIS will be used in combinations that have not been tried before.
GAO Issues Assessment of Potential Climate Engineering Technologies, Government Accountability Office (Aug. 25, 2011). This report provides an assessment of two proposed technologies to engineer the climate to manage potential catastrophic risks from climate change: carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM). CDR would involve reducing the atmospheric concentration of CO2 by capturing and storing it underground, while SRM would employ reflective materials to scatter or reflect sunlight back into space. The report finds that climate engineering technologies are immature but that experts and the public support research on their development.
Testimony to the House Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation on The Role of Research in Addressing Climate Change in Transportation Infrastructure, Mike Acott, National Asphalt Pavement Association, March 31, 2009. This testimony identifies four technologies that have the potential to be transformational in the field of sustainable pavements: warm-mix asphalt, reuse/recycling, Perpetual Pavements, and porous asphalt.
Solar Roadway Project Prototype (Video). The Solar Roadway project was developed by Scott and Julie Brusaw, and a prototype was funded in 2009 by the Federal Highway Administration. The concept is to develop a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon and to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by homes and businesses. The ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways. The roadway also would be an intelligent highway with embedded LED lights that could be used for traffic management, warning systems for crosswalks and wildlife crossings, and heating elements for cold climates. For more information, link to the Prototype Video, and to the Solar Roadway website Home page and Introduction page.