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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 5 - Next Steps." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Using Existing Airport Management Systems to Manage Climate Risk. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25327.
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61 With this handbook, you have identified your relevant climate risks and strategies for mitigat- ing these risks within your management system. You now need to take the next steps to imple- ment your plan, such as • Building support for climate risk management efforts (see Chapter 3), • Establishing monitoring processes (see Section 4.8), • Identifying and prioritizing needed actions, determining who will complete these actions, and coordinating with these individuals. As you begin this process, revisit Chapter 4 for recommendations on implementation. The strategies in this handbook are intended to improve, not to overhaul dramatically, the processes that you already have in place. For example, a less-vulnerable airport, such as an inland airport not exposed to flooding, might consider tracking climate-related metrics in the short-term to gain a better perspective on what climate risks will require significant investments in the long term. More vulnerable airports may consider developing a climate resilience goal through strategic planning to guide airport planning efforts. Climate change integration can be a slow, incremental process. Even with support from execu- tives and upper-level management, managing climate risks will require engagement and buy-in at each personnel level. For example, data collection in asset management requires the participa- tion and the commitment of everyone, from managers to maintenance crews, who has a detailed knowledge of the physical status of assets. Be prepared for dips in momentum as your climate change integration efforts continue, especially if your airport is frequently limited in capacity to take on new responsibilities. Revisiting and refocusing on your original goals and objectives can help overcome stalls in progress. Despite setbacks, generating a proactive approach for mitigating climate risk now can avoid significant costs in the future. Once in place, your climate risk management processes will continually need monitoring and improvements. Climate change projection data are constantly changing, and you will need periodic cycles of updates to ensure that you are preparing for changes in hazards and risks. You should look to engage with staff at each level to understand what is and what is not working in your integration strategies. For management systems that include performance metrics, you should closely monitor metrics related to climate hazards and risks, such as weather-related service disruptions. Future ACRP and Transportation Research Board research will help expand the strategies and resources presented in this report. This research will include technical approaches for analysis techniques that support climate risk mitigation efforts (see ACRP Project 02-78 and NCHRP Project 20-101) as well as strategic needs. C H A P T E R 5 Next Steps

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 188: Using Existing Airport Management Systems to Manage Climate Risk integrates current and projected climate change related risks into airport management systems and planning. The handbook identifies ways to reduce airport vulnerabilities to current and projected impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events. It also explores ways to minimize long-term costs to airport facilities and operations. This handbook provides a detailed guide for integration, as well as a self-assessment tool for determining the applicable systems for climate-related decision-making within the airport.

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