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Master of Urban & Regional Planning


Urban and Regional Planning

First Advisor

Dr. Damian Pitt


Despite the strides made towards addressing climate change through greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies, it has become increasingly apparent that attempting to mitigate the crisis in such a manner alone is insufficient. This thesis joins a growing body of research on how our societies must adapt to a changing climate, contributing more evidence on common barriers to adaptation and how they might be overcome. Through an attempt to evaluate the progress made towards mainstreaming, or integrating, climate change concerns into five Virginia MPOs’ long-range transportation plans (LRTPs), this study provides support for prior hypotheses around the potential for MPOs to serve as central governing bodies in future regional adaptation planning efforts, and provides direction for future research on how best to expand upon this potential.


© Sebastian L. Shetty

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