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In-Flight Aircraft Emissions Tracer Study

The emissions dispersion model used by airports for regulatory purposes does not account for aircraft-specific exhaust emissions transport and may be under- or over-estimating ground-level concentrations. Tracer studies for aircraft do not exist as they do for vehicles and are needed to evaluate newly developed dispersion models designed to better estimate the transport of aircraft exhaust emissions during low-altitude... more »

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Air Emissions from PFAS-Laden and Fluorine-Free Firefighting Foams at Airports

This research seeks to compile available research on per- and polyfluoroalklyl substances (PFAS) air emissions at airport facilities and provide a better understanding of potential concerns related to PFAS release and exposure during aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) activities. As fluorine-free firefighting foams are being developed, it is also important to understand air emissions during use of these new alternatives.... more »

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Facilitating a Better Understanding of Water Quality of Airside Stormwater Runoff at Airports

In accordance with the Clean Water Act, airports must responsibly manage stormwater runoff. Unlike highways, which have had extensive research on stormwater runoff, there is little data that indicates water quality of stormwater runoff from existing airports and airfields. There is preliminary indication from small studies that runoff from various airport land uses is cleaner than most regulatory staff assume, mostly... more »

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Determining Carbon Removal Opportunities at Airports to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

The proposed research project would evaluate carbon removal strategies that could be deployed at airports to help achieve "Net Zero Emissions" in order to align with global emission reduction targets and to address increasing public scrutiny. Carbon removal strategies include both natural (e.g., tree plantings and agricultural soil management) and technological approaches (e.g., carbon-absorbing concrete and direct air... more »

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Effective practices for monitoring and managing tree growth off the airport.

Conduct research into cost effective strategies for periodic monitoring of airspace surfaces such as TERPS 20:1 surfaces to ensure they remain clear of obstructions. Particularly at smaller rural airports that may not have staff, zoning, or significant infrastructure that would otherwise make these issues easier to manage.

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Guidance for the Design and Justification of Resilient Airport Infrastructure Focusing on the Effects of Increased Precipitation

Further guidance on how to approach the design of airport infrastructure that is more resilient to climatic change is required. Efforts are underway both nationally and internationally to address identification of vulnerabilities and incorporating into planning documents; but there remains a gap in procedures to evaluate and determine design criteria for engineers and architects that may be more readily endorsed by funding... more »

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Effective Approaches for Persuading Travelers to Recycle and Reduce Contamination in the Waste Stream

The research would identify the best persuasive strategies, language, and media, supported by behavioral science, for successfully encouraging customers to separate waste materials at the source and reduce contamination. This would reduce the number of costly waste hauls; help rehabilitate international scrap materials markets; reduce the amount of materials being sent to landfills and incinerators; promote composting... more »

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Organic Waste Recycling

The goals of this research project are to 1) prepare a roadmap of sustainable organic waste management
solutions, ideally according with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) introduced Waste
Hierarchy, 2) find the best available practices of food and biobased waste reduction, reuse and disposal,
3) pilot those immediate options available, 4) research considerations for the development of on-site
biowaste disposal... more »

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Update the Airport Construction Emission Inventory Tool (ACEIT)

The objective is to update the guidance and software for calculating airport construction emissions in order to:

• Incorporate the latest construction practices and regulatory requirements.

• Calculate emissions through the latest version of MOVES.

• Integrate applicable modifications to ACRP Report 102 and the Airport Construction Emissions Inventory Tool (ACEIT)

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Guidebook to Managing Landside Facility Constraints

Develop a guidebook that provides strategies (best management practices) that airport operators and other stakeholders can use to manage demand placed on landside facilities (e.g. ground transportation infrastructure) in a constrained environment. The guidebook reviews existing and proposed operational, financial and logistical strategies that airport operators or other entities are permitted to use to encourage efficient... more »

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Guidebook for the Effective Transition of Asset Data from Design/Construction to Operations and Maintenance

Develop guidance and best practices that will inform capital asset and new/replacement/renewal project managers on how to ensure that maintenance departments are capable of properly maintaining the assets and immediately assuming responsibility for them after project completion/turnover. These recommendations will focus on the accurate, effective, and timely development and delivery of capital project assets and asset... more »
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Impact of sustainability reporting on insurance rates and access to capital

Examination of airports that are tracking and reporting sustainability metrics and whether their insurance rates, insurance payouts, or options for access to capital are different from those of airports that do not track and report these metrics

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General Aviation Airports and Resilience: Complete Toolkits for Self-Directed Planning

The 2,455 General Aviation Airports in the U.S. provide essential services that are uniquely available through this type of airport. A Resilience Management Plan, although expensive to contract and complicated to create, may be critical to protecting the continuity of these services. This research project provides operators with the tools necessary to effectively and efficiently develop their own Resilience Management... more »

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