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New tool aims to mitigate climate change risk to infrastructure

by Mark Cantrell
A company has developed a new tool to help manage physical risks to infrastructure assets posed by extreme weather events such as storms, floods, and droughts.

A company has developed a new tool to help manage physical risks to infrastructure assets posed by extreme weather events such as storms, floods, and droughts.

The tool – called Adaptare – has been developed by Ferrovial in collaboration with the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria in Spain as a means of assessing and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The system sets out to identify and assess the risks posed by severe weather events to each type of infrastructure. This will, it is claimed, enable Ferrovial to avoid the negative impact that heavy snowfall, floods, storms, and droughts could have on its projects during construction, maintenance, and operation.

Specifically, the innovative technology enables Ferrovial to obtain a preliminary estimate of the level of risk associated with different scenarios in the short, medium and long term.

This diagnosis, which takes into account factors such as the level of risk, exposure and vulnerability of the infrastructure, is said to facilitate the implementation of adaptation measures that minimize the impact. In that way, it ensures the sustainability and resilience of the project.

Valentín Alfaya, director of sustainability at Ferrovial, said: “This new methodology not only represents a step forward in managing the risks and opportunities of climate change, but also gives Ferrovial and its clients a competitive advantage in terms of climate action, and the transition to a sustainable economy.”


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