|Title||Water and transportation infrastructure|
|Author||Andrey, J; Kertland, P; Warren, F|
|Source||Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation; by Warren, F J (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2014 p. 233-252|
|Links||Online - En ligne (PDF, 21 MB)|
|Publisher||Natural Resources Canada|
|Media||on-line; digital; paper|
|Related||This publication is contained in Warren, F J; Lemmen, D S;
(2014). Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation|
|Related||This publication is a translation of Andrey, J; Andrey, J;
Kertland, P; Kertland, P; Warren, F; Warren, F; (2014). Infrastructure hydraulique et infrastructure de transport, Vivre avec les changements climatiques au Canada : perspectives des secteurs relatives aux impacts et à l'adaptation|
|Province||British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut|
|NTS||1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65;
66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560|
|Lat/Long WENS||-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500|
|Subjects||environmental geology; Nature and Environment; adaptation; climate effects; climatic fluctuations; climate; health hazards; adaptation; water quality; subsidence; sea level fluctuations; climate
|Illustrations||location maps; tables|
|Program||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
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.