Fall 2017 Newsletter
Special Announcements
Learn about the NCST's new research projects kicking off Fall 2017
Download the full list of projects here!

New website! Visit the UC Davis Bicycle Research Collection to discover over four decades of UC Davis research on bicycling behavior, dynamics, infrastructure, planning tools, and policy.
Meet the NCST Executive Committee
Upcoming Events

Planning Horizons: Adoption of Ride-hailing in California and Impacts on the Use of Other Travel Modes
November 28, 2017

10:00 - 11:30 AM PST

Ride hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are quickly changing transportation with growing impacts on travel demand, vehicle miles traveled, and the use of other modes. Dr. Circella will present results from a study of emerging transportation technologies and trends being developed at UC Davis in cooperation with Caltrans and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. In the study, they investigate the factors affecting the adoption and frequency of use of emerging transportation services, including shared mobility services such as car-sharing and ride-hailing (Uber/Lyft), and discuss the impacts the the use of Uber/Lyft has on the use of other travel modes, including public transportation and driving alone, among different sociodemographic groups and geographic regions.

Speaker: Giovanni Circella, Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, University of California, Davis

Event Page here

Webinar: Sea Level Rise Monitoring at Local and Regional Scale
November 29, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 AM PST

Sea level rise poses a real and significant threat to shoreline habitats and infrastructure. While there is broad recognition among federal, state, and local agencies that planning and investment decisions must recognize and adapt to sea level rise, there is currently no consistent and affordable method for measuring and recording shoreline change over large areas at a fine resolution. To address this gap, UC Davis is working with local and regional agencies in California’s Bay Area and coastal islands in Georgia to pilot the use of time-lapse, ground-based cameras that capture fine-resolution images and satellite imagery of changing shoreline conditions for storm events, seasons, and across multiple years.

Please join us for this upcoming webinar to learn more about the results and lessons learned from two study shorelines and hear about next steps for this work.

Speaker: Dr. Fraser Shilling, Co-Director of the Road Ecology Center, University of California Davis
Guest Respondent: Dr. Mark Risse, Director, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Register here

Research Highlights

Analysis and Optimization Methods for Centralized Processing of Chassis
Lead Researcher: Anastasios Chassiakos | California State University, Long Beach

Assessment of Critical Barriers to Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Deployment – Workshop Series
Lead Researcher: Amy Myers Jaffe | University of California, Davis

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning: Agency Roles and Workforce Development Needs
Lead Researcher: Jonathon Dowds | University of Vermont

Congestion Reduction Through Efficient Empty Container Movement
Lead Researcher: Maged Dessouky | University of Southern California

Development and Application of an Integrated Health Impacts Assessment Tool for the Sacramento Region
Lead Researcher: Jonathan London | University of California, Davis

Evaluation of Sketch-Level Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Quantification Tools
Lead Researcher: Susan Handy | University of California, Davis

Framework for Developing Economic Competitiveness Measures for the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan
Lead Researcher: Genevieve Giuliano | University of Southern California

Opportunities for Shared-Use Mobility Services in Rural Disadvantaged Communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley: Existing Conditions and Conceptual Program Development
Lead Researcher: Caroline Rodier | University of California, Davis

Performance Measurement Evaluation Framework and Co-Benefit/Tradeoff Analysis for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Applications: A Survey
Lead Researcher: Xuewei Qi | University of California, Riverside

Sacramento Area Bicycle Survey: Before Bike Share
Lead Researcher: Susan Handy | University of California, Davis

Sustainability and Displacement: Assessing the Spatial Pattern of Residential Moves Near Rail Transit
Lead Researcher: Marlon Boarnet | University of Southern California

When Do Local Governments Regulate Land Use to Serve Regional Goals? Results of a Survey Tracking Land Use Changes that Support Sustainable Mobility
Lead Researcher: Gian-Claudia Sciara | University of California, Davis

Education Highlights
UC Davis 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to the NCST's seven undergraduate students who received fellowship awards to conduct research over the summer. Their projects ranged from environmentally responsible infrastructure and operations, multi-modal travel and sustainable land use, zero-emission vehicle and fuel technologies, and institutional change.

From left to right: Joseph Kaylor, Kathryn Canepa, Monica Gonzalez, Maia Moran, Blythe Nishi, Callum Watts (not pictured: Thomas Guo)

To learn more about our students, click here.
UC Riverside 2017-2018 NCST Graduate Fellows

The Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) at UC Riverside has awarded two outstanding graduate students for their research in sustainable transportation:

Brandon Feenstra is currently involved in several research projects addressing applications for low-cost air quality sensors. These projects include measuring dust emissions from the fence-line of a waste transfer facility, looking at particulate matter trends at a community level, and community level monitoring and relating the surface particulate matter measurements to satellite aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements.

Ayla Moretti is conducting both modeling and experimental research on how vehicle exhaust ages and produces secondary particulate matter, including secondary organic aerosols (SOAs), the results of which she plans to add to the EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES). Ayla is currently working on setting up a MOVES matrix for the Riverside

To learn more about these Graduate Fellows, click here

UC Davis 2017-2018 NCST Dissertation Grants Recipients

Rosaria (Aria) Berliner will investigate the adoption of different mobility service types, individual attitudes towards vehicle ownership, the relationship between shared mobility services and vehicle ownership, and develop policy to stimulate more sustainable shared mobility choices.

Yuan Chen’s project, “Alternative Vehicle Supply and Demand, and the Effects of Government Policy”, will use economic and econometric modeling to analyze alternative vehicle supply and demand and the effects of government policy on alternative vehicle supply and demand.

To learn more about UC Davis's dissertation grant recipients click here

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation is a consortium of leading universities committed to advancing an environmentally sustainable transportation system through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders. Consortium members: University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of Southern California; California State University, Long Beach; Georgia Institute of Technology; and the University of Vermont.
Lauren Iacobucci
Program Manager

Laura Podolsky
Policy Director
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