Addressing climate change in planning and project documents
We are committed to building and maintaining a resilient transportation system. We incorporate climate change considerations into our planning and project evaluations. Find our policies and procedures below, as well as links to reports we have authored and additional references.
Guidance for considering impacts of climate change in WSDOT plans (PDF 606KB) – Refer to this document for direction on considering climate change impacts during the transportation planning process.
Follow the Guidance for project-level climate change evaluation (PDF 1.6MB) to address the effects of climate change on your project and document those considerations in the project’s environmental document. For information applicable to your project, refer to the following information sources:
- Locations of climate change threats on the state transportation network according to WSDOT’s 2011 Statewide Climate Vulnerability Assessment is available in two locations:
- WSDOT staff can access the layer through the internal GIS workbench in the Environmental section, under Climate.
- Analysts outside WSDOT can find this layer in the Community planning portal webpage.
- The University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group develops state-specific anticipated climate change information. See their Climate impacts in brief webpage for a summary of anticipated climate changes in the Washington.
Evaluating greenhouse gases
Information on completing project level greenhouse gas evaluations is available on our Air quality, greenhouse gas and energy webpage.
For information on addressing climate resilience in hydraulics work, contact the WSDOT headquarters Hydraulics webpage.