Phase 4 (2020-2025)
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Overview of the Program
Phase IV of the RGHRP builds on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous Phases and focuses on developing strategies for the railway industry’s operational adaptation to climate change, specifically with regard to the increasing prevalence of extreme climate events, advancing research on identified subgrade issues for the industry partners, and filling knowledge gaps in hazard monitoring and assessment identified in Phase III.
The key objectives in Phase IV include: (1) developing and evaluating monitoring technologies for the investigation of ground hazard mechanisms and warning systems; (2) investigating the impact of extreme weather events and adaptation to climate change; (3) assessing multi-scale hazards; and (4) investigating train-induced pore pressure generation and remediation with geotextiles. The discoveries and technical developments will be shared with members of the RGHRP, regulatory agencies, and invited guests through publications and annual workshops.