How can the UK Road System be Adapted to the Impacts Posed by Climate Change? By Creating a Climate Adaptation Framework

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"How can the UK Road System be Adapted to the Impacts Posed by Climate Change? Creating a Climate Adaptation Framework" delves into the challenges climate change poses to the UK's road transportation system. The research aims to evaluate climate change's current and predicted future impacts on road transportation in the UK and proposes a conceptual framework for long-term adaptation planning. The study employs an advanced Fuzzy Bayesian Reasoning (FBR) model to assess climate risks in the UK road transport networks. The paper also emphasises the significance of understanding the different facets of climate risks, including economic loss, environmental damage, and human injuries or deaths.

Why is this useful?

The research is crucial as it provides a comprehensive understanding of the vulnerabilities of the UK's road system to climate change. By proposing a climate adaptation framework, the study offers practical insights and recommendations for road planners, decision-makers, and industry professionals. The framework aids in the identification and prioritization of climate threats and the selection of cost-effective adaptation measures. This ensures the resilience and sustainability of the road transport system in the face of increasing climate risks.


The research was conducted by a team of authors: Wang, T, Qu, Z, Yang, Z, Nichol, T, Dimitriu, D, Clarke, G, and Bowden, D. The paper was published in 2019 in the journal "Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment." The research is hosted on LJMU Research Online, which is developed by Liverpool John Moores University to provide access to the university's research output.


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