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Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change of the Physical Infrastructure in Korea Through a Survey of Professionals

  • Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Abbr : J EIA
  • 2009, 18(6), pp.347-357
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Research Area : Engineering > Environmental Engineering

Soojeong Myeong 1 Yi, Donggyu 1

1한국환경정책·평가연구원

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ABSTRACT

This study conducted a vulnerability assessment on Korea’s physical infrastructure to provide base data for developing strategies to strengthen Korea’s ability to adapt to climate change. The assessment was conducted by surveying professionals in the field of infrastructure and climate change science. A vulnerability assessment was carried out for seven climate change events: average temperature increases, sea level rise, typhoons and storm surges, floods and heavy rain, drought, severe cold, and heat waves. The survey asked respondents questions with respect to the consequences of each climate change event, the urgency of adaptation to climate change, and the scale of investment for adaptation to each climate change event. Thereafter, management priorities for infrastructure were devised and implications for policy development were suggested. The results showed that respondents expected the possibility of “typhoons and storm surges” and “floods and heavy rain” to be the most high. Respondents indicated that infrastructure related to water, transportation, and the built environment were more vulnerable to climate change. The most vulnerable facilities included river related facilities such as dams and riverbanks in the “water” category and seaports and roads in the “transport and communication” category. The results found were consistent with the history of natural disasters in Korea.

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