Work Packages

The Consortium on Infrastructure Networks Climate Adaptation & Hotspots (INCAH) identifies the following four work packages (WP's):

    • WP1: Building adaptation strategies for infrastructures and networks
    • WP2: Climate proofness of physical infrastructure
    • WP3: Infrastructure network robustness and adaptation
    • WP4: Socio-economic effects of climate change on main ports and urban infrastructure networks

In the integrative WP1, the focus is on knowledge management, scientific and stakeholder dialogue and representing program results by integrating all work package results in a system model and adaptation strategies. WP2 addresses the availability and quality of infrastructure by considering the structural and functional performance characteristics of infrastructure components. WP3 focuses on the performance and robustness of infrastructure networks. And in WP4 economic tools for decision making are developed.

WP2, 3 and 4 comprise the core of the research work done in the programme. The research carried out in each of these work packages, combines scientific analysis, exploration and modelling with the setup and completion of case studies on national, regional and local transport, drinking water and energy infrastructures.

To increase the relevance and utilization of the work, the experience and insights gained, these three work packages are brought together into one integrative work package (WP1) where adaptation strategies will be developed for the Netherlands.

Work Package Documents

    • The summary (pdf)
    • On the scientific aspects (pdf)
    • On the societal aspects (pdf)
    • WP1: Building adaptation strategies for infrastructures and networks (pdf)
    • WP2: Climate proofness of physical infrastructure (pdf)
    • WP3: Infrastructure Network Robustness and Adaptation (pdf)
    • WP4: Socio-economic effects of climate change on main ports and on urban infrastructure networks (pdf)

Programme Outline
A summary of the four work packages with the corresponding projects is given below.

Work packages

Projects

1.  Building adaptation strategies for infrastructures and networks

  • Integration of knowledge towards adaptation strategies

 
2. 
Climate proofness of physical infrastructure

  • Assessment of climate effects on infrastructure assets (loads)
  • Determination of vulnerability and tipping points of infrastructure assets, based on different climate scenarios (effects)
  • Research on the indirect effect of climate change on the integrity of subsurface pipe infrastructure and drinking water 
  • Identification of promising adaptation measures
  • Research on the enhancement of natural soil processes in order to simulate for improvement of the robustness of infrastructure against climate changes

 
3. 
Infrastructure Network Robustness and Adaptation

  • Design principles and development of climate proof infrastructure and networks
  • Modelling infrastructure robustness and network failure – assessing climate risks
  • Agent-Based Modelling of long-term development of transport and energy infrastructure networks
  • Asset management for adaptation to climate change

 
4. 
Socio-economic effects of climate change on main ports and on urban infrastructure networks

  • Socio-economic effects of changes in reliability/usability of land based transport infrastructure in the hotspot regions due to climate change (PhD)
  • Socio-economic effects of changes in reliability/usability of utility infrastructure in the hotspot regions due to climate change (PhD)
  • Socio-economic effects of flexibility oriented adaptation approaches (Post-doc)
  • Costs and benefits of adaptation (Post-doc)