Infrastructure, Engineering and Climate Change Adaptation – ensuring services in an uncertain future

This report examines vulnerabilities in different sectors of the national infrastructure to the effects of climate change and the modifications that would be needed to increase resilience. It also considers vulnerabilities that affect the infrastructure system as a whole and which arise as a result of interdependencies between different sectors. The effects of climate change on infrastructure are not limited to changes in weather but include the impact of efforts toward climate change mitigation and changes in behaviour and demographics. These must be considered alongside other developments such as population growth and changes in the economic environment.

Engineers will be central to the process of adaptation, both ensuring that current infrastructure assets are protected from the long term and acute effects of climate change, and developing new infrastructure systems fit for changing climate conditions.