Indicators to assess the exposure of critical infrastructure in England to current and projected climate hazards

Indicators to assess the exposure of critical infrastructure in England to current and projected climate hazards

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This is a report supporting Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy – Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report (July 2014).

The supporting research provides a spatial assessment of the exposure of a number of infrastructure assets to weather related hazards (for England only). Hazards considered include:

  • coastal erosion,
  • flooding from rivers, the sea, groundwater and surface water,
  • natural landslides,
  • shrink-swell subsidence, and
  • river scour.

A selection of the reports key findings are summarised below.

  • Shrink-swell subsidence and groundwater flooding returned the highest levels of exposure for Enlgand’s infrastructure assets (particularly in the most densely populated areas of England).
  • The next highest level of exposure was  flooding from rivers, sea and surface water.
  • For all assets, exposure to coastal erosion and natural landslides was low.

The report was written by HR Wallingford.