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Adapting to climate change : the public policy response - public infrastructure
  • Published Date:
    2009-06-01
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  • Alternative Title:
    Adaptation : an initiative of the climate policy program at RFF
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    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Public Participation and Outreach ;
  • Abstract:
    This paper assesses the threats and needs that multidimensional climate change imposes for

    public infrastructure, reviews the existing adaptive capacity that could be applied to respond

    to these threats and needs, and presents options for enhancing adaptive capacity through

    public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources. The paper considers four

    types of infrastructure: transportation; energy generation and transmission; water, sewer, and

    telecommunications; and coastal defense. The main threats presented by climate change to these

    assets include damage or destruction from extreme events, which climate change may exacerbate;

    coastal flooding and inundation from sea level rise; changes in patterns of water availability; effects of higher temperature on operating costs, including effects in temperate areas and areas currently characterized by permafrost conditions; and demand‐induced effects.

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