Susan Asam has 15 years of experience in evaluating the physical impacts of climate change on infrastructure, water resources, and sensitive ecosystems; developing adaptation strategies; planning and facilitating meetings; and developing technical documents and outreach products for a wide variety of audiences. She has supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Park Service (NPS), Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. FWS), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), General Services Administration (GSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, California Energy Commission, and other international, federal, state, and local clients.
Ms. Asam has led several projects addressing climate change impacts on transportation systems. She is the principal investigator on an ongoing FHWA project to develop a climate change/sustainability operational adaptation guide. She leads support to FHWA's Climate Resilience Pilots, providing technical assistance and facilitating information sharing across the 19 participating metropolitan planning organizations and state departments of transportation. She also led support to FHWA to develop a Southeast Region Multiagency Climate Change Transportation Management Tool for use by Federal Land Management Agencies (NPS and U.S. FWS).
Ms. Asam's experience extends beyond transportation into many other aspects of the built and natural environment. She leads support to GSA in the further development and implementation of its Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan. She is finalizing an effort to conduct and document lessons learned from local-level workshops considering climate change impacts and potential stormwater response options in three counties across the Chesapeake Bay region. She managed technical and programmatic support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries Program and support to EPA's Global Change Research Program. She also led the development of guidance and a screening tool for the National Park Service to assist in characterizing park vulnerability to climate change.
Ms. Asam has M.E.M. and M.P.P. degrees from Duke University and a B.A. in American Studies and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.