To guarantee the quality and safety of our infrastructure, actors from the infrastructure sector use standards. Standards describe the rules and guidelines for designing and maintaining infrastructure. The standards that are currently used often don’t regard future climate conditions. How can organizations from the infrastructure sector take climate change into account, and what climate information do they need for this? These questions we aim to answer in the project ‘Sectoral Information System to Support Infrastructure, Transport and Associated Standards’.
How is the project organized?
The project started in the fall of 2019. We conducted interviews with various actors from the infrastructure sector and organized workshops. This allowed for identifying information needs as well as opportunities to adjust standards to climate change. Based on the identified needs and opportunities, in 2020 we will develop relevant indicators from the climate data in the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S). These indicators will be disclosed in an information system for infrastructure. The actors from the infrastructure sector will test the system and provide feedback for improvement. The information system is intended to help the infrastructure sector to adjust their standards to climate change.
What is C3S?
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is one of the six thematic information services provided by the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme and is implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Union.
What is the role of CAS in the project?
CAS is responsible for identifying the information needs and testing the developed information system with actors from two types of infrastructure: rail infrastructure and urban infrastructure. For rail infrastructure, the rail organizations ProRail (NL) and Network Rail (UK) are engaged as potential users of the information system. For urban infrastructure, the municipality of Amersfoort is engaged.