Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Infrastructure: Preparing for Change - Overview
Infrastructure includes a wide variety of systems that are essential to development priorities—and these assets may be at risk due to climate change. This overview introduces common themes related to infrastructure, climate change impacts, and adaptation strategies, and covers the basic terminology and concepts that are used in an accompanying set of fact sheets.
It notes that resilient, reliable infrastructure is essential for transporting goods and people and for the provision of energy, clean water, commerce, communication, and disaster response. Yet the risks that climate change poses to infrastructure are often not fully considered as these systems are planned and constructed.
The basic themes covered in the overview include:
- The importance of infrastructure to developing countries
- Unique aspects of infrastructure in the context of climate change
- Potential impacts of climate change on infrastructure assets and services
- Basic principles for understanding and implementing an adaptive management approach
The factsheet notes that infrastructure decisions made today will affect several generations. It is interdependent. And the construction, maintenance, and operations of infrastructure significantly contribute to climate change itself.