Adaptation, roads and transport
The climate emergency isn’t going to be solved by a few dedicated champions. We all need to act, and fast. The 2020s must be the decade of climate action when we mainstream adaptation to climate risks, cutting emissions and carbon storage into everything we do (not just ‘green’ projects). However, some of us have a greater ability to shape Scotland’s future resilience than others.
- our infrastructure is designed, constructed, maintained and operated to best withstand the impacts of climate change
- we create win-win solutions that also help to solve other issues facing our communities such as poverty, health and wellbeing and employment challenges.
- holistic solutions are implemented proactively to ensure our places are ready to thrive in the future
- risks and hazards are spotted early, and recovery is quick – with no groups left behind
Presentation by Drew Hill (Transport Scotland), David Faichney (Scottish Government) and Alistair Rennie (NatureScot). This CPD session looked at collaborative working on identifying vulnerable locations. There was specific focus on the work being undertaken by Transport Scotland looking at flood risks and geohazards on the transport network, and how this work relates to impact based forecasting, and moving from a reactive to proactive management.
Adaptation 101: adapting Scotland’s transport networks to manage climate change risks, SCOTS continuing professional development event for graduates and technicians (video recording & presentation slides).
Presentation by Eleanor Pratt and Catherine Payne (Adaptation Scotland / Sniffer). This CPD session, delivered in partnership with the Improvement Service and SCOTS (the Society of Chief Officers in Transportation in Scotland), provided an overview of the latest climate science and an in-depth look at what this might mean for Scotland’s transport networks. The session highlights the urgency for action and illustrated best practice methods for improving transport network resilience while also delivering a wide range of other local cobenefits.