Webinar: Climate Resilience for Coastal Communities: Simulating Traffic Movements for Mass Evacuation


Mar 16, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Atlantic / 8:30 AM Pacific

Presented by the Climate Risks for Coastal Transportation Infrastructure (CRCTI) Community of Practice

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In the wake of large natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Juan, and Dorian, it is imperative that we work together to understand and plan for mass evacuations. This webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities of planning for mass evacuations in coastal communities. It will focus on evacuation planning from a multidisciplinary perspective as well as discuss our research findings on traffic evacuation microsimulation modelling for route identification, shelter selection, and staged evacuation considerations for vulnerable populations. This research works to provide emergency management personnel an insight into the needed practices and operation strategies in order to more efficiently manage and prepare for mass evacuations.

Speaker: Professor Ahsan Habib, School of Planning and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering,
Dalhousie University

Dr. Ahsan Habib is a transportation professor in the School of Planning and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering (cross) at Dalhousie University. He is the founder of the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC), a CFI-sponsored multidisciplinary research unit. Currently, Dr. Habib is the Director of the School of Planning at Dalhousie. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2009. His research interests include travel behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, urban system microsimulation, and planning for the future of mobility. He believes multi-modal options are the key to ensuring Canadian cities build sustainable transportation networks.