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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4098; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114098

Climate Change and Transport Infrastructures: State of the Art

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Received: 18 September 2018 / Revised: 20 October 2018 / Accepted: 29 October 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
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Abstract

Transport infrastructures are lifelines: They provide transportation of people and goods, in ordinary and emergency conditions, thus they should be resilient to increasing natural disasters and hazards. This work presents several technologies adopted around the world to adapt and defend transport infrastructures against effects of climate change. Three main climate change challenges have been examined: Air temperatures variability and extremization, water bombs, and sea level rise. For each type of the examined phenomena the paper presents engineered, and architectural solutions adopted to prevent disasters and protect citizens. In all cases, the countermeasures require deeper prediction of weather and climate conditions during the service life of the infrastructure. The experience gained supports the fact that strategies adopted or designed to contrast the effects of climate change on transport infrastructures pursue three main goals: To prevent the damages, protect the structures, and monitor and communicate to users the current conditions. Indeed, the analyses show that the ongoing climate change will increase its impact on transport infrastructures, exposing people to unacceptable risks. Therefore, prevention and protection measures shall be adopted more frequently in the interest of collective safety. View Full-Text
Keywords: vulnerability; climate change; transport infrastructures vulnerability; climate change; transport infrastructures
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Moretti, L.; Loprencipe, G. Climate Change and Transport Infrastructures: State of the Art. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4098.

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