Resilience Research

Ongoing Projects

Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool Extension for Custom Analysis
The proposed research seeks to develop an extension to the Sketch Planning Tool to facilitate custom analysis of the potential impacts of multiple flood events on transportation facilities at finer geographic scales. This new extension would produce “on-demand” analyses of custom, user-chosen areas and flood data (as they become available) for FDOT and its regional partners.

Incorporation of Climatic and Hydrologic Nonstationarity into FDOT Planning and Design Guidelines & Processes
The proposed research is focused on potential modifications to current manuals of practice being used by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for transportation project design. When possible, guidance will also be provided on relevant planning practices that may be in use by FDOT. With respect to transportation infrastructure (TI) designs, the research will identify which standards may warrant modifications to account for implications of future climate change, especially sea level rise and changes to extreme rainfall. The final report of this research project will recommend appropriate nonstationarity methods and data sets for future use by FDOT engineers and consultants for future planning and design of TI.

Assessment of Transportation Systems Resilience for Vulnerable Communities and Populations
This research seeks to investigate, understand, model, and develop innovative solutions for: risks and vulnerabilities of vulnerable populations pertaining to critical infrastructure. Vulnerable populations in this study will include older adults, ethnic minority groups, and rural populations in the state of Florida. Natural hazards affecting vulnerable populations will include hurricanes and storm surges. The overall goal of this project is to provide tools and resources for FDOT to develop transportation systems resilience policy and guidelines to improve the outcomes for vulnerable communities and populations, especially regarding resilience to natural hazard events (specifically hurricanes and storm surges).

Development of Resilience Index for the Florida Transportation System 
The research effort is focused on quantitatively evaluating transportation resilience through a  multidimensional index (i.e., social, economic, and environmental) that identifies diverse resilience needs for improvement. The identified needs will further help to prioritize local- and state-level transportation projects and programs (including both resilience and non-resilience ones) for investment.

Improved Resilience of Asphalt Pavements Due to Flooding
The primary objective of this study is to determine implementable, cost-effective methods to improve the resilience of asphalt pavements under flooded conditions. This primary objective can be broken down into two detailed objectives:

  • Evaluate the resilience of an asphalt mixture that is loaded while inundated with water
  • Improve asphalt mixture properties to resist the impacts of flooding

The findings of this research will recommend improvements for asphalt mixtures that are subject to vehicular loading while in a flooded condition.

Improved Resilience of Rigid Pavement Systems
This study will evaluate the impact that inundation may have on concrete pavements; it will identify cost-effective and implementable solutions to improve the resilience of new and existing rigid pavement systems subjected to the combined effects of flooding and sea level rise.


Completed Projects

Assessment of Planning Risks and Alternative Futures for the Florida Transportation Plan Update (USF CUTR) - 2019

Assessment of Planning Risks and Alternative Futures for the Florida Transportation Plan Update (FSU) - 2019

Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool Updates (UF) - 2020 

Assessment of Planning Risks and Alternative Futures for the Florida Transportation Plan Update (UF) - 2019 

Development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) Tool for the Preliminary Assessment of the Effects of Predicted Sea Level and Tidal Change on Transportation Infrastructure (UF) - 2013

Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida's Transportation Modes and Infrastructure (FAU) - 2012


    For additional information visit the  FDOT Research Center