Issue Brief

Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms

Dec 3, 2009 | James E. Neumann

Key Findings

  • The location of major capital infrastructure should be mapped against those areas of the country considered most vulnerable to climate stress, and that information should be used to guide current and future investment in public infrastructure.
  • . These results should be actively publicized to most effectively signal the private sector about the expectations and limits of federal infrastructure provision.
  • Efforts must begin to update infrastructure design standards to ensure that future infrastructure capital is more resilient to anticipated climate change and extreme events.