European countries want to invest in building their transport infrastructure for the impacts of climate change or face millions of dollars in repair prices, a U.N. regional fee stated in a study it says is the first of its kind.
The research carried out over four years by a group of experts within the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and published Tuesday, maps out sections of infrastructure, and overlays it with climate data estimations.
The UNECE has 56 members; however, the research mostly focuses on the European continent.
It examines both how extreme climate such as landslides and floods can wash out bridges but also slower modifications such as increasing temperatures, which can cause railway tracks to buckle.
He stated two of the significant areas seen as most susceptible to climate change impacts are the North Sea ports and the road and rail infrastructure alongside the Mediterranean.
A 2018 report, quoted in the UNECE research, noted that 60% of EU seaports could also be at high inundation risk by 2100, based on one climate scenario.
The U.N. report studies one scenario of flooding of the Rhine River close to the German city of Oberwese in 2030, affecting roads and waterways.