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Climate Change Impact on Pavement Infrastructure

Funding/Research Support:

FEAS Start-up Funding Program

Project Overview:

Earth’s climate has been changing from last 650,000 years, but from 1950 there is a drastic change in climate due to an increased emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Many of the researchers agree that the current condition of climate change is extremely affecting pavement infrastructure. The short-term effects of climate change are global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, flooding, decreased snow cover, sea level rise, increased/decreased annual precipitation, etc. Because of these short term effects there is a long-term impact on pavement performance. Long-term effect of this climate change is the occurrence of natural disasters such as cyclones, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat and extreme cold weather. Nowadays, using new technology available all over the world, prediction of climate change effects became easier but not stoppable. So, there is a necessity to take some primitive measures to avoid the risk of pavement damage.