University of Oxford – modelling risks to infrastructure

The University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute has developed modelling tools to help decision makers identify risks from climate-related infrastructure failure and build long-term resilience. The vital services we rely on in our globalised world – such as energy, transport, water, and waste – are increasingly interdependent. When infrastructure fails due to climate events, the consequences reach far beyond the individual sector to impact wider society, economy, and the environment. Over the last nine years, research teams have worked to create tools and methodologies to map infrastructure system interconnections and help decision makers manage the risk of failure. These approaches have been used in the UK by Infrastructure UK, National Infrastructure Commission, Department for Transport, Environmental Agency, High Speed 2 and many others. The approach has also been adopted internationally.

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The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI) utilises AI to address climate and biodiversity change by interrogating multiple sources of data. It is working with a city council on how to make buildings safe during heatwaves, and collaborating with The Alan Turing Institute, energy futures lab at Imperial College London and the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick on decision-making approaches for energy security and net zero.

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