Journal article

A systems framework for national assessment of climate risks to infrastructure

Richard J Dawson, David Thompson, Daniel Johns, Ruth Wood, Geoff Darch, Lee Chapman, Paul N Hughes, Geoff VR Watson, Kevin Paulson, Sarah Bell, Simon N Gosling, William Powrie, Jim W Hall

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences | Royal Society, The | Published : 2018


Extreme weather causes substantial adverse socio-economic impacts by damaging and disrupting the infrastructure services that underpin modern society. Globally, $2.5tn a year is spent on infrastructure which is typically designed to last decades, over which period projected changes in the climate will modify infrastructure performance. A systems approach has been developed to assess risks across all infrastructure sectors to guide national policy making and adaptation investment. The method analyses diverse evidence of climate risks and adaptation actions, to assess the urgency and extent of adaptation required. Application to the UK shows that despite recent adaptation efforts, risks to..

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Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Work undertaken by the authors that led to the production of this manuscript was supported by the Committee on Climate Change as part of the 2017 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. R.J.D. was also supported by the iBUILD Infrastructure research programme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (Reference: EP/K012398/1).