Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched an online initiative to help airports improve resilience to extreme weather through information sharing.
ACI World’s ‘Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change Survey’ was launched in the wake of weather events such as Typhoon Jebi, which resulted in the flooding and temporary closure of Kansai Airport in September 2018 (pictured).
The results of the survey are intended to provide an understanding of the impacts and potential risks of climate change already faced by the airports industry. Identifying the current status of the industry will provide a basis for defining future action and preparedness, ACI World believes. The results will also underpin advocacy by ACI and the industry on behalf of airports, by providing a solid base of data and evidence, the organization hopes.
Last year, ACI published its Policy Brief on Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change, which encouraged airports to conduct risk assessments regarding the potential future impacts of climate change on infrastructure and operations. The new survey will assist in this process by helping ACI assess the magnitude of actual and potential impacts, thus identifying the needs of member airports, and enabling it to share best practices.