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Climate impacts on flood and coastal erosion infrastructure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claire Walsh, Professor Richard DawsonORCiD



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Climate change can affect the performance of flood and coastal erosion risk management infrastructure (FCERMi) through a number of mechanisms. This review highlights that whilst it is well known that climate change can influence the performance of FCERMi in a number of ways, there is extremely poor quantitative understanding of the physical processes of time-dependent deterioration and the impact of changing loads (and the interactions between these) on the reliability of FCERMi. If FCERMi is to be more robust to future climate uncertainties, there is an urgent need for research to better understand these interactions in the long-term. This must be coupled with an updated approach to design and management that considers changes in extreme values, storm sequencing, spatial coherence, or more subtle impacts from changes in temperature, solar radiation and combinatorial affects.

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Author(s): Sayers P, Walsh CL, Dawson RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Infrastructure Asset Management

Year: 2015

Volume: 2

Issue: 2

Pages: 69-83

Online publication date: 16/05/2015

Acceptance date: 21/04/2015

Date deposited: 21/05/2015

ISSN (print): 2053-0242

ISSN (electronic): 2053-0250

Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers Publishing


DOI: 10.1680/iasma.14.00040


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