×J4. Application of new data, visualisation, analytics and decision support tools/systems for increasing climate resilience of infrastructure systems

Increased frequency and intensity of extreme events due to climate change are likely to affect infrastructure. By 2040, the global population will grow by almost 2 billion people – a 25% increase. Rural to urban migration will continue with the urban population growing by 46%, triggering massive stress on existing aging infrastructure and demand for new infrastructure. This makes our cities more vulnerable. On top of that, there is a significant concentration of critical infrastructure in coastal and other areas naturally vulnerable to major disasters. The potential for widespread impacts of disasters has never been greater in society than today, and as climate change accelerates in the future, the risks are only likely to grow.

Our infrastructure systems are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. A disruption in one infrastructure can cascade into multiple infrastructures, with massive risks to economies, businesses and society in general. Therefore, it is important to investigate innovative ways to increase the resilience of our interconnected and interdependent infrastructure systems, and identify data, methods and tools that can help build adaptive capacity to present-day and future climate change.

This session will aim to attract presentations from the following topics:

Key topics: Data, Decision support tools, Infrastructure, Resilience