Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms

This paper discusses three ways in which infrastructure-related decision making can be responsive to climate change impacts. it suggests three different policies that would affect the way transportation investments are made and existing structures are maintained. First, it suggests that agencies shift to an asset management approach that incorporates climate change projections. This approach will make transportation decision-makers more sensitive to the risks and costs imposed by climate change impacts. Second, it advocates the use of climate change projection maps for siting future infrastructure projects. Finally, the paper calls for updating infrastructure design standards in order to increase resiliency to climate impacts.

Publication Date: December 2009

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  • James Neumann

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