The National Academies

ACRP 02-97 [Pending]

Update to the Guidelines, Tools, and Resources Related to ACRP Reports 11, 147, and 160

  Project Data
Funds: $450,000
Contract Time: 18 months
Staff Responsibility: Joseph D. Navarrete

The airport industry seeks to become increasingly resilient to the impacts of climate change and better understand the impacts of airport activity on the environment. ACRP has produced three publications related to these topics:
  • ACRP Report 11: Guidebook on Preparing Airport Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories;
  • ACRP Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Risk Assessment for Airports; and
  • ACRP Report 160: Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports: Quick Start Guidebook and Toolkit.
The research undertaken to produce these publications also included the development of two tools:
  • Airport Climate Risk Operational Screening (ACROS), which accompanies ACRP Report 147, and
  • The Airport Weather Advanced Readiness (AWARE), which accompanies ACRP Report 160.
Since their publication, the industry has seen significant regulatory changes, technological advancements, changes to industry practice, as well as a growing desire to ensure environmental equity. In addition, with recent changes in how end users access and consume information, the current format of some of the material (e.g., CD-ROM) is no longer viable. Research is needed to update the information and guidelines in these reports, determine if, and the degree to which, the two tools should be updated, and improve overall accessibility and usability of the products.
The objectives of this research are to: (1) update the guidelines, tools, and resources provided in ACRP Reports 11, 147, and 160 to reflect the latest developments in regulations, technologies, evidence-based best practices, and science; (2) determine the need to update the ACROS and AWARE tools; and (3) improve accessibility and usability of the products, tools, and resources.
The research plan should, at a minimum, contain the following interim deliverables:
  • Technical Report 1 providing: (1) analysis and critique of the original publications and supporting material, including material needing update; (2) results of feedback from product users and practitioners; and (3) recommended changes to content and formatting (including possible consolidation into fewer publications), including rationale; and input from industry;
  • Technical Report 2 providing an assessment of the ACROS and AWARE tools, including their adoption and use by industry practitioners; unique value relative to similar industry tools; and a recommendation as to whether or not the tools should continue to be made available, and, if so, recommended improvements to their user interface, logic, platform, input data, and reporting output; and
  • Interim report documenting the research effort and results of the project to date, including annotated outline of the revised report(s); and recommended next steps, including proposal (scope and budget) to update tool(s), including recommended framework for tool(s) and testing/validation plan.
The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following checkpoints with the ACRP project panel: (1) kickoff web meeting to be held within 1 month of contract execution; (2) web meeting to review Technical Report 1 including approval of recommended changes to report(s) content and format; (3) web meeting to review Technical Report 2, including approval of recommendations for tools; and (4) interim meeting to review the results of the interim report and confirm remaining research approach.
The final deliverables will include: 
  • Updated report(s) and resources;
  • Technical Report 3 documenting the entire research process and results;
  • Summary of Key Findings;
  • Further Recommended Research Memo; and
  • Technical memo titled, “Implementation of Research Findings and Products”.

Proposals have been received in response to the RFP. The project panel will meet to select a contractor to perform the work.


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