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Climate Change Adaptation

Monday 10 September 2012

Climate Change and Global Warming are now widely acknowledged; thanks to the work of many scientists, now we are all aware of the fact that weather conditions are going to be harder, and thus we are given the possibility to adapt to them as we can take preventive measures that enable to resist to hard weather . Adaptation to Climate Change really matters to railways companies, who keep improving their performance in this field.

Adapting to the growing risks caused by the increasingly higher frequency of extreme weather events (with increasing higher intensity) is a newer challenge for society and for the rail sector. Railways have an extremely long life time and are constructed to withstand natural hazards, such as i.e. the 100 year flood.

However, as number and intensity of incidents will arise, also the pressure on the capacity of the rail system will rise together with the costs of the sector in the future. If the right measures are taken at the right time, the risk will be bearable! International cooperation and coordination are needed for example when impacts that might be new for one region, already are well handled in other regions. What is more, railways have to adapt to various kinds of weather with Nordic, wet, desert conditions, etc. Fortunately, they are able to adapt to all of them thanks to precious vulnerability mappings and risk management. These procedures are explained in the ARISCC Project.

Adapting rail infrastructure to climate change (ARISCC project) is targeting three phases: 1) Readiness for extreme weather events, 2) Robustness when extreme weather events occur 3) Recovery ability after extreme weather has occurred UIC is a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC) ’s Global Adaptation Programme entitled the Nairobi work programme. If you wish to read more, please visit our section UIC and UNFCCC.

Click here to learn more about UICs work on rail infrastructure and adaptation to climate change.