Infrastructure is the backbone of our society. Climate change influences the infrastructure. Heavy snowfall congests our roads and stops trains from leaving the stations. Drought can jeopardise our fresh water supply and thunderstorms can cause power outages. The worst case scenario is where one outage causes another and all systems fall down like dominos: electricity, internet, roads, rail roads and the water supply. Because these systems are so essential for the functioning of our society it is imperative that we take into account the consequences of climate change in a timely manner.
Research programme Knowledge for Climate studied the effects of climate change on the Dutch transport, energy and water supply structures. At the same time the programme studied and developed a strategy to adapt these structures to climate change.