Changes in climate will threaten the efficacy, adequacy, and durability of flood control structures and their continued services.
Since flood control structures provide defense against frequent, small floods in rivers and estuaries, rising sea levels, and storm surges, climate change impacts on these structures may significantly affect the communities relying on their protection. Such impacts have implications for urban stability, economic growth and trade, and food and water availability.
These structures and their services can be protected with adaptation strategies that include fortifying existing structures and updating design standards to accommodate future climate changes.
Last updated: March 07, 2014