Research Theme Infrastructure

The programme of the consortium on Infrastructure Networks Climate Adaptation & Hotspots (INCAH)  adopts a systemic approach to model infrastructure operation and development and complete models on transport, energy and drinking water infrastructure networks in the hotspot Rotterdam-Rijnmond and, for road and rail networks, at a national scale. INCAH’s integrated modelling will allow one to play-out the consequences of climate change, quick-fixes and determine whether they are indeed ‘no-regret’ and match long-term adaptation strategy and lead to increased infrastructure resilience and sustained performance.

The aim of the INCAH program was to provide strategic but scientifically underpinned intelligence on the interconnection between climate change, hotspots, infrastructures and governance for adaptation. The focus was on transport, energy and water networks in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond and Amsterdam/Schiphol; its objective was to help the hotspots to develop robust adaptation strategies (Read more).

INCAH’s main research questions (MRQ) are:

  • What are relevant effects of climate change on infrastructures?
  • To what extent do these effects threaten the safe, sound, reliable operation of infrastructures, their availability and socio-economic productivity?
  • How can we avoid congestion, service interruption, system breakdown or even systemic crisis through reinforcing effects rippling through interconnected infrastructures?
  • Through what policies, strategies and governance can we adapt infrastructure networks and make our economic hot-spots robust and resilient to climate change?