Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board


Washington, DC




Environmental Engineering, Climate Change Planning and Adaptation

The changing climate has far-reaching effects on airports—higher levels of precipitation can overrun stormwater management systems, extreme heat can impact engine performance, and severe winter storms can require greater snow removal processes. ACRP Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Risk Assessment for Airports, developed by Gresham Smith and Dewberry, provides a guidebook and tool to help airport practitioners understand how climate change may specifically impact their airport, develop adaptation strategies, and incorporate those strategies into their planning process.

a close up of a page inside ACRP research report 147 with maps of the US showing temperature change
a close up of a page inside ACRP research report 147 with charts showing sea level rise

The guidebook and tool includes:

• Background to support the need for airports to assess climate change risks;
• A comprehensive list of potential direct and indirect impacts climate change may have on airports and the surrounding region, including potential secondary effects that may result from implementing certain adaptation actions;
• A screening tool to determine the magnitude of impacts and risks from climate change as a preliminary evaluation;
• An inventory of important elements and outputs of the assessment, including a template for developing and implementing action plans;
• And a description, comparison and evaluation of existing adaptation planning frameworks (e.g., tools, models) that are currently available to airports for climate change assessment.

To view the report, visit the Transportation Research Board’s website.