Climate changes could impact Information and Communications Technology by overheating data centers, exchanges, and base stations; reducing the strength and quality of wireless signals; and increasing operation and maintenance costs.
Climate change impacts on the ICT sector could result in service disruption, infrastructure degradation, and changes in service quality and availability. These impacts can undermine economic activity, emergency response, and social connectivity.
ICT-related adaptation options include developing back-up services, planning and preparing for outages, moving above-ground cables below-ground, and relocating critical, coastally located system components.
Last updated: March 07, 2014