Climate Adaptation for Road Infrastructure in Coastal New Hampshire

This research will assess the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on road infrastructure in select coastal communities. Specific attention is given to reduction in pavement performance with rising ground water, temperatures, and extreme precipitation events. The research will develop the data and tools needed to assess climate impacts on roadways and will investigate various adaptation strategies through case studies. A NH Seacoast Transportation Climate Working Group consisting of regional planners, transportation engineers and road agents has been established to inform the research and to make the results available and useful for regional stakeholders.

Project Lead

University of New Hampshire, Infrastructure and Climate Network, and UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate


New Hampshire Sea Grant

Time Frame

Start: October 1, 2014
End: September 30, 2016

King Tide overtops a residential road in Hampton, NH (Photo: Will Brown)