Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

Leveraging prior U.S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

The report is organized into four sections: transportation; energy generation and transmission; non-energy utility provision including water, sewer, communications, and solid waste management; and coastal defense.

Publication Date: June 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • James E. Neumann
  • Jason C. Price

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  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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