Potential impact of climate change on porous asphalt with a focus on winter damage

K.P. Kwiatkowski, I. Stipanovic Oslakovic, A. Hartmann, H.W. ter Maat

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This chapter investigates the impact and adaptation options of climate change on porous asphalt
(PA) roads, specifically for the case of winter weather (freeze–thaw cycles) and road damage in
the Netherlands. Changes in weather patterns pose a threat to the serviceability and long-term
performance of roads, as up to half of road maintenance costs are attributable to weather stresses.
PA is of particular concern in the Netherlands, where its use has become mandatory, primarily for
environmental (noise reduction) concerns. In recent winters, ravelling and pothole damage have
increased the discussion about cold weather performance of PA and the potential challenges of
changing winter weather patterns. Current climate change impact research often produces results
on a systemic, macroscale, and less is known about the regional impact to specific road types. To
address this, we examine the correlation between historic winter weather and PA pavement
performance, which is particularly sensitive to the freezing/thawing phenomena. That relationship
is combined with Dutch regional climate models and used to analyze the potential physical and
economic impacts of adapting to future climate change. This has implications on maintenance,
design, and long-term planning of the road network in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials and Infrastructures 2
EditorsJ.M. Torrenti, F. La Torre
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ, USA
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
ISBN (Electronic)9781119318613
ISBN (Print)9781786300317
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventTRA Conference -
Duration: 14 Apr 201417 Apr 2014


ConferenceTRA Conference

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