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Climate Change Risks for European Aviation


The study carried out by Egis and the UK Met Office on behalf of EUROCONTROL sets out how the aviation industry faces increasing disruption on the ground and in the air from climate change and highlights the growing danger that climate change poses to all parts of the aviation sector. To prepare for potential impacts of climate change, it is essential that the European aviation industry understands the character and extent of the risks that climate change poses to it and acts adequately and in a proportionate and timely manner to adapt and build resilience. The results of the study contributes to understanding on how the climate change impacts will affect aviation in the coming years and updates climate change risk assessments and adaptation strategies to address future climate impacts.

The summary report provides the overview of results of five work packages, the technical details and conclusions of each work package are available in the following annexes. They provide extensive quantitative data on storms, wind pattern changes, sea level rise and temperature rise from the aviation industry perspective, its operation and safety.

  • Annex 1 – An overview of the short-term weather impacts on European aviation: assesses the link between disruptive weather and delays over the last ten years and the next five years as a basis for a wider study.
  • Annex 2 - Impact of changes in storm patterns and intensity on flight operations: considers the potential impact of changes in storm intensity and frequency on flight operations up to 2050.
  • Annex 3 - Impact of sea level rise on the operation of European airports: examines the progression of the flood risk expected at European coastal airports by 2090 due to sea level rise and torrential storm.
  • Annex 4 - Impact of climate change on tourism: assesses projected changes in the attractiveness of climate change in European tourist destinations during the summer and extreme months and examines how intra-European transport could be affected by 2050.
  • Annex 5 - Impact of changes in wind patterns on air traffic: examines how flights could be affected by changes in wind patterns by 2050.

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Jul 04 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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