The effects of climate change – more flooding, heat waves and storms – are not just in the future anymore. At the moment, many railways are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, and research into and adapting rail infrastructure to become more resilient is a huge task for the coming years.
The latest edition of the RailTech digital magazine is all about handling the effects of climate change. Because even if the climate goals of the Paris agreement, there will be higher chances of increasingly extreme weather events in the upcoming decades.
Flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in July 2021 are a preview of the more extreme weather that can be expected, and showed the consequences it can have on the infrastructure.
In this magazine
In an exclusive interview, Corinna Salander, director of the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF) talks about their research and the increasing awareness about climate adaptation after the flooding in Germany and other countries, last summer.
The magazine also features articles about climate change adaptation projects of Network Rail in the UK, the biggest climate change threats to the Netherlands and using satellite images to map floods and rail subsidence.
Conference day Rail Resilience & Sustainability
Adapting to climate changes is an increasingly important task for the railway sector. On June 22nd, the second day of the RailTech Europe Conference, we focus on this topic.
What needs to happen to make rail infrastructure resilient for the future? How can technology and digitalisation assist in this task? And how can the railways themselves become more sustainable, for instance through energy savings? These and more questions will be discussed during this conference day. For more information and how to register, visit the event website.