Investments in infrastructure are long-term. Our roads, airports, ports, dams, water supply, energy generation and distribution, stormwater and wastewater systems – everything that supports our lives and livelihoods – will be subjected to climate conditions substantially different than those they were designed for, over most of their future service life. In many cases, these future climate conditions could significantly impact infrastructure performance.
Identifying and developing climate change adaptation strategies will improve infrastructure planning, design, management, and operation under these future conditions. Also, the construction and operation of Wisconsin’s infrastructure have itself a substantial carbon footprint, increasing the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. Climate change mitigation actions can reduce this footprint and help reduce the magnitude of future climate change from the infrastructure sector.