Airports

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Airplane from above
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Airports are a key sector for which the potential impacts of disaster, natural hazards and climate change could be particularly challenging. Disasters and climate change can affect, threaten or damage airports which can cause widespread destruction and social mayhem. Understanding and strengthening airport infrastructure is a critical step toward building resilience.

Cover of the report: airplane on approach to landing during a thunderstorm
2021
Climate change poses significant and increasing risks to aviation in the years ahead, a new report carried out by Egis and the UK Met Office on behalf of EUROCONTROL concludes.
EUROCONTROL
Landed plane waiting at the airport during a rainy day
Sudden changes on weather in a very small area and particularly intense could seriously threaten the security of flights. To be able to predict these phenomena could save lives, and prevent damages on properties.
Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale
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Last month's United Nations report on climate change predicted even more intense heat waves to come. That's why airlines, airplane manufacturers and airports are beginning to plan now for what this hotter future looks like.
PhysOrg, Omicron Technology Ltd
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A methodology to define the level of climate risk on airport infrastructures in the Mediterranean regions published in a study in Natural Hazards realized with the contribution of the CMCC Foundation.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
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2021
The paper aims to provide theoretical frameworks in order to assess risks of climate change on Mediterranean airports, related to extreme temperature, extreme precipitation and sea level rise.
Natural Hazards (Springer)
Climate change considerations are impacting decisions about the planning of new airports and expansion schemes – but what about existing airport infrastructure?
New Civil Engineer