A Methodology for Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation in Infrastructure Planning and Design: Bridges
This guide gives best practices for incorporating climate adaption in the planning and engineering design of bridges. It is part of a set of tools to help partners boost the climate resiliency of key infrastructure.
All transportation infrastructure is sensitive to weather and climate change. It can cause significant damage, with high cost implications, and should be incorporated early into investment decisions.
The guide gives an overview of potential impacts on bridge activities and adaptation options, and guidance for using a risk assessment methodology to determine appropriate design measures. Broader elements such as service delivery and management of supply and demand are also discussed since they are closely associated with the optimum performance of bridges.
It stresses the importance when designing or rehabilitating infrastructure to plan not just for the current climate, but for the climate scenario projected for the entire design life of the asset.
The guide uses tables to explain major climate impacts and risks for bridges and adaptation measures to consider. A climate change resilient infrastructure design case study is also provided.
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