External link: Impacts of climate change on asset deterioration webinar (Youtube)
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Climate change is a huge challenge for flood risk management. This report sets out new information and methods to understand the possible impacts of a changing climate on deterioration of the flood defence assets which play a central role in protecting people and properties.
The Environment Agency together with local authorities, internal drainage boards and various private landowners maintains £35 billion of flood risk assets in England alone. Over time these assets deteriorate and require maintenance to retain their standard of service and avoid failure.
This research increases our understanding of how climate change factors may alter the vulnerability to deterioration of those assets, and therefore where additional maintenance effort might be required in the future.
Published 26 February 2021