Potential Climate Change

Impacts on Aviation

Adaptation Options

Operations and Interruptions


Changes in Operations

Changes in Infrastructure Design and Materials


Precipitation: changes in seasonal precipitation and river flow patterns

Benefits for safety and reduced interruptions if frozen precipitation shifts to rainfall

Inadequate or damaged pavement drainage systems


Increases in drainage capacity and improvement of drainage systems supporting runways and other paved surfaces


Storms: more frequent strong hurricanes (Category 4-5)

More frequent interruptions in air service

Damage to landside facilities (e.g., terminals, navigation aids, fencing around perimeters, signs)


Hardening of terminals and other facilities


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