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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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Renewables to Resilience: Strengthening Airport Resilience through Retrofitting Existing Renewable Energy Assets trending idea

Approximately 20% of public airports have adopted solar PV over the past decade. However, most of these renewable projects have not been developed to provide resilient power directly to the airport to keep critical areas and assets up and running in the event of a power disruption. This project will evaluate existing roadblocks to retrofit solar PV projects to add resilience capabilities and provide guidance to airports... more »

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Airport Microgrid Toolkit Upgrade and Host Identification trending idea

To improve the ACRP Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit ("the Toolkit") project funded through ACRP (ACRP 10-26: Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit)by updating cost and technology information and identifying a long-term host.

ACRP 10-26 generated a potentially unprecedented level of media and government interest in a TRB project including coverage in CNBC and a formal progress inquiry from Congress. Microgrids... more »

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Commercial Space Transportation Noise Model Validation

Accurate predictions of the noise environment in communities surrounding airports and spaceports from launch and reentry vehicle operations require models that have been validated over a range of vehicle types, operations, and atmospheric conditions. Research is needed to validate the commercial space operations noise models developed under ACRP 02-66 using the community noise measurement database collected under ACRP... more »

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Understanding Airport Noise & Air Quality Baselines and Relationship to Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a drastic reduction (in some cases over 95%) in air traffic operations at airports around the country. The only other time such extreme conditions occurred was after 9/11 (with three days of a total ground stop). The current situation presents an opportunity to collect significantly more data from a longer time period for both noise and air emissions to understand baselines, and the... more »

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Urban Air Mobility Noise Modeling trending idea

Community acceptance of the rapidly emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market will be strongly driven by public noise concerns; however, no regulatory tool exists to evaluate potential environmental noise impacts. Whereas conventional helicopters have one or two rotors, UAM vehicles may have large numbers of rotors for different functions that operate at variable speeds. These differences necessitate the development of... more »

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Use of Equity and Environmental Justice Data to Support Airport Decision-making trending idea

Research would focus on determining how airports could better leverage emerging equity and environmental justice datasets to inform decision-making processes and ensure better project outcomes for communities and stakeholders. The guidebook would provide a primer on the topic, present a synthesis of current practices in analysis, mapping, and visualization of this data, and how it could be used to inform airport-decision... more »

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Synthesis of programs for permanent art installations at airports

ACRP Report 157 (Improving the Airport Customer Experience)(2017) found that airport arts programs play an important role in improving the customer experience at airports and that airports with such arts programs are among the most highly rated airports in the world. ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) surveyed and synthesized the the state of practice of airport rotating visual art... more »

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

In accordance with the Clean Water Act, airports must responsibly manage stormwater runoff through a combination of industrial stormwater permitting, MS4 permitting, and state/local post-construction stormwater requirements for development. Permitting requirements for airports can vary widely across the nation, with some airports also subject to municipal stormwater fees. These fees may be reduced via credits for effective... more »

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Guidebook on Sources of Data for Air Passenger Travel trending idea

Develop a guidebook that would assist airports and other aviation analysts become familiar with the different sources of data that are available to support analyses and forecasts of air passenger travel. Provide guidance on which types of data are appropriate for use in a given study, understand the strengths and limitations of the different potential data sources, and estimate the likely costs involved in their use.

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Update to Report 11: Preparing Airport Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories trending idea

The original guidebook provides essential information to airports developing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. However there have been a number of developments in methodology and resources available since original publication and an update is needed for this publication to remain relevant/useful. This research update idea was developed as part of project ACRP 11-02/39, Environmental Products Update and is one... more »

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Attributes and Influencing Interests of Students Enrolled in Collegiate Aviation Management Programs

Research suggest that aviation management was not the original major for many students enrolled in a collegiate aviation program. What influenced their switch? The proposed research is designed to collect, organize, and assess the historical and current general demographic characteristics of students enrolled in two- and four-year collegiate aviation management programs as well those of recent graduates. Early and current... more »

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Airport Accident Analysis and Impacts to Safety Zones

Aviation accident data has limitations for establishing airport safety zones used to guide airport-vicinity land use decisions. Establishing uniform reporting criteria across responsible agencies will assist local jurisdictions to define safety zones and apply them to maintain airport viability.

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Best Practices for Enhancing Airport Power Supply Resiliency

Aviation facilities are vulnerable to incidents on the electricity grid that expose them to power outage. Power outages create significant operational disruptions and they can last several hours (e.g., 2017 ATL 11-hr outage, 2020 Texas outage). Are they best practices (incl. micro-grid explored in ACRP Synthesis 91) that can help increasing power supply resiliency?

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Update to Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning, Risk Assessments for Airports trending idea

Update to Report 147. The climate data in the ACROS tool is outdated and requires update. The original publication is based on data from prior to 2013; weather and climate data has been continually updated since the original publication was released (which affects the likelihood and severity of various risks in the assessment tool). Additionally, there are more recent examples of airport case studies and best practices.... more »

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