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Impacts of Climate Extremes to Interstate and Local Trucking Industries across New Mexico and Arizona | CLIMAS

Impacts of Climate Extremes to Interstate and Local Trucking Industries across New Mexico and Arizona

Impacts of Climate Extremes to Interstate and Local Trucking Industries across New Mexico and Arizona

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Transportation along our nation’s highways forms a basis for our economy, moves our food from place to place, and serves to connect our communities. Extreme weather impacts our transportation system in many ways and for this project, particularly during drought, we focus on dust storms. Our project goal is the increase the resilience of drivers during these events. We start our project in southwestern New Mexico along interstate 10 where lives have been lost as a result of dust storms. Our partners at the start the project include the New Mexico Department of Transportation and trucking companies who are interested in improving the way they handle these dust storms through education and warning. Our project serves to assist them in characterizing and documenting the climatic and visual conditions that exist during these storms through interviews with drivers and road managers, in addition to time-lapse camera imagery and dash cams. Providing resilience to extreme weather events is a critical step in improving our lives across the nation. Building on existing partnerships between CLIMAS and state transportation managers from NM and AZ we address a long-term problem that takes lives every year on our highways.