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Adapting Transport to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Implications for Infrastructure Owners and Network Managers

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This report addresses the fundamental challenges that climate change poses to infrastructure owners, who face two major challenges. First, they must ensure continued asset performance under sometimes significantly modified climate conditions that may decrease the present value of their networks or increase maintenance and refurbishment costs. Second, they must build new assets in the context of changing and uncertain climate variables. This creates a risk of over- or under-specification of infrastructure design standards, potentially resulting in non-productive investments or network service degradation. This report investigates strategies that can help transport authorities contain network performance risks inherent in changing patterns of extreme weather.

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Adaptation frameworks for transport infrastructure: Linking vulnerability assessment, risk management and performance objectives

International Transport Forum

Prioritising dependable, robust and resilient network connectivity as the reference performance criteria for infrastructure adaptation policies ensures that these policies consistently enable and preserve the core benefits delivered by infrastructure assets. This chapter outlines how transport infrastructure owners and network managers can embed network access and connectivity performance into their asset management policies. This chapter also describes climate change adaptation frameworks for transport authorities and asset owners. It discusses, in essence, the question of “How to prepare to adapt?” Having a coherent framework for adaptation policies can go far to ensure that risks are highlighted, responsibilities allocated, interventions are prioritised and that strategic decisions are not overlooked.

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