Anne Choate is a climate change expert with more than 17 years of experience analyzing climate change and energy issues for a wide range of clients, including state and local agencies, municipalities, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Park Service, Environment Canada, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
Ms. Choate has worked on a variety of projects related to climate change impacts on transportation systems. She is currently the Principal Investigator supporting DOT on the second phase of the Gulf Coast Project, evaluating climate change impacts to transportation infrastructure in the Gulf Coast region with a focus on Mobile, Alabama. In addition to the Gulf Coast Project, Ms. Choate has hosted peer exchanges on climate adaptation for state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), developed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conceptual model for climate adaptation, and provided technical support to FHWA's five adaptation pilots. She is currently leading a new Federal Transit Administration (FTA) pilot for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to utilize historical weather data and service disruption information to inform projections of climate impacts and possible adaptation strategies. Ms. Choate also oversaw the development of a "typology" of climate change effects by region, climate variable, and timeframe for use by transportation practitioners.
Ms. Choate’s work in climate change impacts and adaptation extends far beyond the transportation sector. Ms. Choate managed ICF's support to A Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources: Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4. She developed the Integrated Climate and Land Use Model, which is used across several sectors to evaluate projected climate impacts on water demand and supply, coastal migration patterns, air requirements, and water regulations as they relate to projected demographics across the United States. She has also contributed to the development of climate risk screening tools for developing countries on behalf of USAID, for National Park Service facilities, for planned assets of a major U.S. transit agency, and for operations of the largest mining company in Brazil. Ms. Choate was the officer-in-charge of ICF's technical and programmatic support to EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the first voluntary program focused on climate adaptation.
Ms. Choate received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University.