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TitleWater and transportation infrastructure
AuthorAndrey, J; Kertland, P; Warren, F
SourceCanada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation; by Warren, F J (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2014 p. 233-252 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne (PDF, 21 MB)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital; paper
RelatedThis publication is contained in Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Infrastructure hydraulique et infrastructure de transport
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
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Subjectsenvironmental geology; Nature and Environment; adaptation; climate effects; climatic fluctuations; climate; health hazards; adaptation; water quality; subsidence; sea level fluctuations; Climate change
Illustrationslocation maps; tables
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation Canada in a Changing Climate
Released2014 01 01
Well-maintained infrastructure is more resilient to a changing climate. This is especially true with respect to gradual changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which in many cases can be addressed through regular maintenance and normal upgrade cycles or adjustments to operation and maintenance policies and procedures. Key vulnerabilities relate to the impacts of extreme weather events, which can overwhelm the capacity of water infrastructure, leading to flooding and water contamination issues, and cause damage to transportation networks with resulting disruption of access and supply chains.
The work of the PIEVC (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee) has been an important driver of progress on understanding how to adapt Canada's infrastructure to climate change over the past five years. The broadly applicable, risk-based assessment protocol developed by the PIEVC allows engineers and planners to view and address climate change as one factor, among many, that affects system resiliency and plan accordingly.
Consideration of climate change as an element of adaptive asset management encourages consideration of climate factors as part of ongoing system monitoring, and informs decisions regarding the most cost-effective approaches for infrastructure design, operation and maintenance.
Codes, standards and related instruments (CSRI) are recognized as a potentially important driver of infrastructure adaptation, but there are few examples of CSRI in Canada that considered historic changes or projected future changes in climate when they were developed. Further assessment of current and future climate risks to infrastructure systems is required to inform appropriate adjustments to design codes and standards to address future climate.

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