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EU-CIRCLE: Climate Change and Critical Infrastructure

  • Post By Additess
  • January 12, 2016

Climate change is perceived as a threat multiplier for critical infrastructure, and has the potential to cause cascading effects across interdependent assets, systems and functions. In addition to well-acknowledged and partially quantified direct impacts to infrastructures, climate change may also induce indirect effects to the safety, security and structural integrity of the infrastructures.

According to the recently published IPCC AR5 report4 , climate change-related risks to infrastructures are increasing (including rising sea levels and storm surges, heat stress, extreme precipitation, inland and coastal flooding, landslides, drought, increased aridity, water scarcity and air pollution) with widespread negative impacts on people (and their health, livelihoods and assets) and on local and national economies and ecosystems (WGII AR5 – Chap8, summary).

Read more at EU-CIRCLE Website