Date of Award

8-2011

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautics

Department

Applied Aviation Sciences

Committee Chair

Richard K. Snow, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Louis McNally III, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to find how past trends and future predictions of climate change and associated factors would affect airport operations at the L. F. Wade International Airport. The Government of Bermuda's plans to build a new terminal were also analyzed to determine potential impacts. Predicted future trends of sea level rise and hurricane activity were assessed by analyzing previous occurrences and studies and depicted using GIS mapping data. Risk of storm surge to the L. F. Wade International Airport has become apparent, especially after Hurricane Fabian of 2003. The results of this study suggest that the risk of the airport being inundated by storm surge is very likely by the end of the century. Options to protect the airport from the impacts of climate change include creating protective structures including sea walls, revetments, and breakwaters.

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