Consequence Based Route Selection for Hazardous Material Cargo: GIS-Based Time Progression of Environmental Impact Radius of Accidental Spills

PI: Berrin Tansel, Ph.D., Florida International University

Co-PIs: Adjo Amekudzi, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology; Nasim Uddin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

UTC Project Information

Hazardous material spills during transportation often have significant consequences because of the environmental vulnerability of the spill locations and proximity to communities where the environmental impacts affect human health and safety and economic viability directly or indirectly.

The objectives of this research are:

  1.   Assess hazardous material cargo routing options using multi-objective criteria to reduce potential risks due to spills

  2.    Develop a time progression model to predict the impact radius of spills from hazardous material cargo on well-being of neighboring communities

  3.    Develop an interactive GIS based tool to demonstrate the potential risks based on characteristics of the hazardous cargo and transportation routes for two case studies

  4.    Demonstrate time progression of impact radius, quantification of risks, and affected population based on route choices.

The results of this research can be used for developing strategies to minimize risks of transportation accidents which impact human health and safety as well as environmental quality.