The transport sector faces many of the same challenges as the planning, development and construction sectors, with a particular emphasis on maintenance of existing infrastructure. For example, railway infrastructure stakeholders have a requirement for data products that consider the impacts of climate on bedrock weathering. One example relates to Victorian groundworks that have been subject to weathering and natural slope processes, which changes their structural properties. Changes in future precipitation, drought conditions and other natural processes will alter how such groundworks will respond and evolve in the future. Other examples relate to where transport networks and infrastructure intersect river networks or coastal regions, so climate change-induced changes to river and coastal erosion are also of interest.
Relevant BGS data products
BGS Civils: strength
This theme provides information on zones of rock strength and the local factors controlling it, as part of a suite of GIS layers for different engineering parameters.
GeoCoast is an integrated GIS package of datasets designed to inform and support coastal management and adaptation.
BGS GeoScour Premium
The BGS GeoScour datasets provide a generalised overview of the natural characteristics and properties of catchment and riverine environments for the assessment of river scour in Great Britain.
The BGS GeoSure datasets identify areas of potential hazard and, therefore, potential natural ground movement, in Great Britain.
Soil Parent Material Model
The Soil Parent Material Model details the distribution of properties of the weathered and unweathered soil parent materials of the UK.
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Climate challenges and BGS support by sector
Aimed at stakeholders involved in quarrying, mining and excavation of natural resources.
Targeted at stakeholders concerned with the changing financial risks to property and asset portfolios as a result of geohazard activity.
Planning and construction
Encompassing all stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment, from planning applications to construction projects.
Soil and agriculture
For stakeholders with an interest in soil composition, health and productivity.
Aimed at stakeholders concerned with future changes to the quality and quantity of freshwater resources.