Methodology for the Assessment of Climate Impacts on Transport Corridors (CLIMACOR)

Methodology for the Assessment of Climate Impacts on Transport Corridors (CLIMACOR)

Source of funding

The Netherlands

Name of client/donor

Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Overall project value

EUR 50,000


December 2015 – September 2016

Beneficiary countries

Moldova | Portugal | Spain | Ukraine

Number of staff


Climate change is likely to cause significant disruptions to transport networks as a result of a rise in sea levels, storm surges, flooding, heat waves, windstorms and landslides. The on-going work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Transport Committee underscores the urgent need to prepare appropriate policy actions and bridge knowledge gaps in relation to foreseen threats. In order to accurately assess climate impacts, it is necessary to design a universal tool that can be used consistently, regardless of geographical location.

The purpose of the project is to develop and test a methodology for the assessment of climate impacts on passenger and freight transport corridors, in line with the on-going and future activities of the UNECE Transport Committee. The climate risk assessment methodology will provide a logical framework for the systematic assessment of the climate resilience of transport corridors, pinpoint potential future climate threats, and outline adaptive measures to offset climate impacts according to their magnitude.

The methodology will provide a framework for assessing the overall resilience of transport infrastructure along a specific corridor and its capacity to cope with various climate threats. It will also identify and gauge the potential of substitute routes and transport modes. The project team will pilot the methodology in two distinct transport corridors:

  • between Kyiv (Ukraine) and Chisinau (Moldova); and
  • between Lisbon (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain).

In these two pilot cases, the methodology will be tested according to distinct political, socioeconomic and technical conditions. A concise state-of-the-art report will be delivered for each corridor, including foresight analysis and recommendations for adaptive measures.

Within the CLIMACOR project the REC will:

  • develop a methodology for the assessment of the climate resilience of transport corridors;
  • pilot test the methodology in two different locations and prepare a state-of-the-art report for each corridor;
  • draft conclusions/recommendations about the methodology, based on the results of the pilot studies;
  • present the methodology, results and recommendations at a UNECE working group meeting; and
  • prepare a final project report.
  • Assessment
  • Data collection
  • Report drafting