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1 1.1 Who Should Use This Handbook? â¢ Do you manage airport infrastructure or services? â¢ Does weather affect the infrastructure or services that you manage? â¢ Does weather influence your airportâs ability to operate? â¢ Do you wish to reduce the financial, operational, and safety risks at your airport? If you answered âyesâ to any of these questions, this handbook is for you. Even if your airport has not experienced extreme weather events in recent years, it is important to understand how the climate may change in your area and what the associated vulnerabilities and risks are to maintaining your day-to-day operations. Specifically, this handbook is for executives, managers, and staff responsible for minimizing disruptions to airport services, maintaining or repairing infrastructure, managing investments in infrastructure, and planning other long-term or strategic activities. If you fit in one of these categories, this handbook will help you to identify your risks associated with changing local cli- mate conditions and appropriate strategies to manage those risks. Users of this handbook may include â¢ Department or system managers (e.g., capital planning, asset management) who are ideally positioned to identify strategies for integrating climate risk management into the systems that they manage; â¢ Climate risk management champions (i.e., individuals or teams) who lead your airport by coordinating information collection and sharing efforts across departments, tenants, and external stakeholders; and â¢ Airport executives who prioritize and guide how your airport addresses and prepares to mitigate climate risks as part of existing management systems and who guide management in identifying opportunities for collaboration across the airport. 1.2 Why Should I Use This Handbook? Assumptions about climate and weather are built into deci- sions made throughout most airport management systems. The infrastructure is designed and built to withstand a specific range of climate conditions (e.g., a specific temperature or amount of C H A P T E R 1 Introduction Benefits of Addressing Climate Risks at Airports â¢ Save on maintenance costs for pavement repair, drainage system maintenance, and other weather-related costs. â¢ Improve safety and security for staff and passengers. â¢ Avoid being caught unprepared for an extreme weather event. â¢ Avoid underestimating infrastructure sizing requirements. â¢ Maintain compliance with environmental, safety, and other regulations. â¢ Improve reliability and customer service. â¢ Maintain continuity of operations during an unplanned or emergency event. â¢ Improve ability to recover from an extreme event.