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Impacts of Climate Change Impacts

Identify specific costs of climate change for airports to understand and communicate the costs of climate change to illustrate the importance of resilience and adaptation.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

There are a number of ACRP resources available to support planning for risks and vulnerabilities, and an ongoing project to develop benefit/cost analyses for specific projects. However, limited data is available to document financial impacts of climate change, both in terms of acute and sustained events that is specific for airports.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

• Provide data on the economic impacts (likely divided into subcategories like "initial impacts of events," "recovery," etc.)
• Formulate talking points for airport staff and consultants to relay to leadership, tenants, and other stakeholders to demonstrate the importance of action
• Develop guidance/toolkit for scaling potential impacts, relaying information and justifying projects/actions
• Consider downstream community impacts

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

• Compile existing data from climate change events at airports (including survey and other methods of compilating existing information)
• Analyze costs by event type
• Create a protocol for scaling cost risks as climate change impacts increase
• Develop communication toolkit for airports to use with their organizations and communities

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$375,000: Large-scale surveys would be needed along with financial analysis to compile a comprehensive look at the costs of climate change to airports. Additionally, the necessary development of a toolkit and communication protocol would be time-consuming as it would address various stakeholders, roles and responsibilities, presentation templates, etc.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

There are a number of ACRP resources available to support planning for risks and vulnerabilities, and an ongoing project to develop benefit/cost analyses for specific projects. However, limited data is available to document financial impacts of climate change, both in terms of acute and sustained events that is specific for airports.
Additionally, while estimates relative to the global costs of climate change exist, currently there are no comprehensive analyses of the costs of climate change to the aviation industry, particularly airports. Historically, since costs and risk drive action, comprehensive numbers and a strategic way to use these numbers would assist airports in moving forward.

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